It started as a forecast of several inches of snow for New Year’s Eve, disrupting plans for celebrations. Then it grew to several days of snow, the most since the 2011 blizzard. And then 36 straight hours of temperatures below zero.
A storm moving across the central plains is expected to hit the Chicago area with up to 8 inches of heavy snow, "near blizzard conditions" in some places and even a few bouts of thundersnow before it ends Wednesday morning. […]