Images: Blizzard of 2015

 
 
Updated 2/1/2015 8:46 PM

The first major snowstorm of the season pounded the suburbs Sunday, canceling dozens of events, closing businesses and making roads treacherous for drivers forced to navigate the more than 10 inches of snow fell on much the region by midafternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in effect until midnight for most of the region, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. It is forecasting a snow accumulation of 12 to 16 inches by the end of the day, with 18 inches possible in some spots, and winds gusting up to 40 mph.

A Village of Wauconda Public Works plow clears Main Street during a snowstorm that hit Lake County throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
A Village of Wauconda Public Works plow clears Main Street during a snowstorm that hit Lake County throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Julie Pope of Wheaton tubes down Mt. Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville Sunday enjoying the fresh fallen snow.
Julie Pope of Wheaton tubes down Mt. Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville Sunday enjoying the fresh fallen snow.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Harris and Karina Stakaitis, 6 of Naperville tube down Mt. Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville Sunday enjoying the fresh fallen snow.
Harris and Karina Stakaitis, 6 of Naperville tube down Mt. Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville Sunday enjoying the fresh fallen snow.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Tubers wait their turn atop Mt. Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville Sunday.
Tubers wait their turn atop Mt. Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville Sunday.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Tubers climb Mt. Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville to take advantage of the freshly covered slope.
Tubers climb Mt. Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville to take advantage of the freshly covered slope.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove resident Jason Heiger tries to clear his sidewalk with a snowblower along Indian Spring Lane during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Buffalo Grove resident Jason Heiger tries to clear his sidewalk with a snowblower along Indian Spring Lane during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
It was near whiteout conditions along Arlington Heights Road in Buffalo Grove during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
It was near whiteout conditions along Arlington Heights Road in Buffalo Grove during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
A tow-truck driver talks with Fox Lake police after pulling a car out of a ditch along Route 12 in Fox Lake during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
A tow-truck driver talks with Fox Lake police after pulling a car out of a ditch along Route 12 in Fox Lake during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
A snowplow clears the roadway on Robert Parker Coffin Road in Long Grove during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
A snowplow clears the roadway on Robert Parker Coffin Road in Long Grove during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Mundelein resident Dan Croker clears his driveway with a snowblower along Noel Drive during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Mundelein resident Dan Croker clears his driveway with a snowblower along Noel Drive during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Tony and Jenny Therens of Wauconda go snowmobiling along Main Street during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Tony and Jenny Therens of Wauconda go snowmobiling along Main Street during a snowstorm that hit the Chicago area throughout the day Sunday. Snow plows were having a hard time keeping the roads clear and many places experienced whiteout conditions.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Runners leap through a snow pile to make it back to the road for the final stretch of the fifth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K in Geneva Sunday.
Runners leap through a snow pile to make it back to the road for the final stretch of the fifth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K in Geneva Sunday.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Runners and a large tree a nothing more than a silhouette among the blowing snow Sunday during the fifth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K in Geneva.
Runners and a large tree a nothing more than a silhouette among the blowing snow Sunday during the fifth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K in Geneva.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
At least one runner braved the blowing snow in shorts and now shirt to participate in the fifth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K in Geneva Sunday.
At least one runner braved the blowing snow in shorts and now shirt to participate in the fifth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K in Geneva Sunday.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Don and Lyda Bauer of Oswego keep bundled up as they brave the blowing snow to participate in the fifth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K in Geneva Sunday.
Don and Lyda Bauer of Oswego keep bundled up as they brave the blowing snow to participate in the fifth annual Super Bowl Shuffle 5K in Geneva Sunday.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Crews clean snow at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous.
Crews clean snow at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous.
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Snow blankets O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous.
Snow blankets O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous.
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Snow covers trees at O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds.
Snow covers trees at O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds.
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Crews work to de-ice a plane at O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous.
Crews work to de-ice a plane at O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous.
ASSOCIATED PRESS
A ruler shows 10 inches of snow in Glenview by noon on Sunday. Due to lake effect snowfall, the area is expected to get four to six more inches before Monday morning.
A ruler shows 10 inches of snow in Glenview by noon on Sunday. Due to lake effect snowfall, the area is expected to get four to six more inches before Monday morning.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Nearly a foot of snow by Sunday afternoon in Elk Grove Village created a winter scene at the Fox Run Golf Links.
Nearly a foot of snow by Sunday afternoon in Elk Grove Village created a winter scene at the Fox Run Golf Links.
courtesy of linda tribuani
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