Winter storm warning issued


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for freezing rain and sleet as well as high winds and possible lakeshore flooding for Monday in Evanston and across the Chicago area.

The risk of freezing rain is expected to be most severe away from Lake Michigan. That warning is in effect for 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

Update: A weather map issued early Monday morning indicates the freezing rain may miss Evanston.

But the risk of flooding along the lakeshore is expected to exist from 9 a.m. Monday until midnight. Strong east winds gusting as high as 50 to 60 miles per hour along the lake are expected to cause waves to build to 15 to 20 feet — with the highest waves and winds expected Monday afternoon and evening.

The high wind warning covers the period from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, with sustained east winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour.

The weather service says there's a chance of flooding of roads and other property along the shore along with other property damage and power failures.

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