Friday and Saturday both brought a lot of "weather" to several states in the contiguous United States. Believe it or not, this all came from one system too. The Stateline had some ice initially in spots followed by a small amount of accumulating snow.
While the exact snow totals were under the original forecast, the impacts that we talked about for several days in advance were still the results from the snow. Reduced visibilities, icy roads, slick spots, accidents and more were all results of this storm. While we did see some snow, it was just a smaller part of the big equation that still gave us the same impacts if we were to see a bit more snow.
In the Chicagoland area, significant lake shore flooding erosion took place on Saturday near Lake Michigan. Strong Northeast winds gusting up to 55 mph were the main cause of these high waves. They got up to as high as 20 feet at times.
This put parts of Lake Shore Drive, other nearby roads, trails and beaches underwater. Yet there were plenty of people that stopped to see the interesting, yet dangerous sight of the waves. Ezra Edgerton talked to the CBS affiliate, WBBM-TV in Chicago and says, "Oh my they're the most incredible waves I've ever seen in Chicago. They're kind of terrifying."
Many streets remain closed in the city, especially in the South Shore neighborhood. A big problem for the closed streets is the debris from the lake that was splashed into the city's sewers, which clogged them. The high storm surge even closed Lake Shore Drive for part of the afternoon, but it has since opened.
The same weather system unleashed an outbreak of tornadoes across the south as well for a second day. Tornadoes were confirmed in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Over the last two days, the storms are responsible for at least 10 deaths. The biggest impacts besides the tornadoes were also the high wind and torrential downpours.
So far, over 400 reports of severe weather have been received by the National Weather Service since Friday morning. As we go through the weekend, the National Weather Service may investigate further to see how many tornadoes occurred during this period.
The squall line of thunderstorms is sweeping through the southeast as of late Saturday, before weakening once it hits the Atlantic as we get into Sunday.