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Skilling: Blast of Arctic Air to Hit Chicago Area

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A classic high wind set-up coming together later Tuesday in Wednesday.

Winter Weather Advisories go into effect at 9 p.m. Tuesday through 3 p.m. Wednesday for Kane, Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois. It was issued for potential blowing snow, most pronounced in wide open area such as those west of Chicago.


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Winds and falling temps set the stage for significant travel challenges in open areas where blowing and drifting snow threatens to reduce visibilities and producing drifting of the existing snow cover over open roads–likely most seriously impacting north/south thoroughfares in open areas west and north of Chicago.

A powerhouse winter storm, the second in less than a week—importantly, this one tracking north of Chicago with its heaviest snows–is to impact Chicago in differently than this past weekend’s storm.


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Rather than producing significant snow accumulations, this new storm is to act as a giant atmospheric “wind machine” and is to rake the Greater Chicago area with powerful winds gusting as high as 50 mph amid falling temps.

High winds will blow and drift snow in open areas as arctic air sends temps tumbling.

Full forecast details at the WGN Weather Center

Temps will tumble Wednesday starting around 30-deg at midnight tonight, then falling to 20 by daybreak, to around 13 at noon Wednesday and to 8-above by nightfall.

In combination with roaring westerly winds, winds chills are to dip from 19 at midnight to 3 at daybreak, 7-below midday Wed and 11-below toward nightfall.

Wind chills are headed toward sub-zero and the season’s coldest air yet on the way the rest of the week.

Original Post: wgntv.com

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Prior Infection, Vaccines Provide Best Protection From COVID

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A new study that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt in Horrific San Jose Collision

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two pedestrians were killed and another injured Tuesday night after they were struck crossing Almaden Expressway in San Jose.

According to San Jose police, officers responded to the area of Almaden Expressway and Foxworthy Ave. for a traffic collision involving a vehicle and three pedestrians at approximately 8:24 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Almaden Expressway in the No. 1 lane in the area of Foxworthy Ave.

The Toyota then struck three adult pedestrians who were crossing Almaden Expressway outside of any marked crosswalk. The pedestrians were crossing from the west side towards the east side of the expressway.

The investigation has also revealed that the vehicle had a green light at the intersection.

Two male pedestrians were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead. A third female victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The identity of the victims will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after their next of kin are notified.

The driver, who also sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, was cooperating with the investigation. There was no indication of drug or alcohol influence.

San Jose police said it was the 6th fatal collision and victims number 6 and 7 of 2022. This is also the 4th and 5th pedestrian fatalities of 2022.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective Templeman #3566 of the San José Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

Original Post: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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US Faces Wave of Omicron Deaths in Coming Weeks, Models Say

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The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, yet COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing. Deaths could top 1 million by early spring. “It unfortunately is going to get worse before it gets better,” an epidemiologist said.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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