Chicago, IL, United States (AHN) – A dangerous and potentially life-threatening ice storm is forecast to strike northern Illinois and northwest Indiana Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. The blizzard with up to 35 mph winds is expected to dump at least a foot of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS warned that travel will become virtually impossible across the region as plowing will not keep up with the 2 to 3 inches per hour of snowfall. It added that power outages may be long in central Indian with the expected downed trees and power lines.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has ordered the state’s Department of Homeland Security to lead preparations for the winter storm.
The Indiana State Police scheduled troopers to 12-hour shifts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Indiana experienced its strongest blizzard on March 13, 1991, when it got two inches of ice.
The record snowfall in Chicago was on Jan. 26 and 27, 1967, when 23 inches of snow fell on the city.