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Falling snow creating slushy road conditions across Chicago area – NBC Chicago

Commuters were expected to encounter muddy and slippery roads Wednesday morning as a winter weather advisory bringing rain and accumulating snow continued to the Chicago area.

By early Wednesday morning, snow had already begun to fall in most areas, including McHenry, Kendall, Kane, Lake, DuPage, DeKalb and Cook counties, with more moderate snowfall in Elgin, DeKalb and Geneva.

A Facebook post from the City of Elgin warned drivers in the area that roads could be slippery.

“Although air and road temperatures will be above freezing, there is a risk that surfaces will be slippery,” the message reads in part.

A winter weather advisory for McHenry and DeKalb counties was in effect until noon, according to the National Weather Service.

“Slush accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected,” the advisory states. “Winds are gusting up to 40 mph. Expect slippery travel areas on untreated and elevated roads as well as periods of reduced visibility. Hazardous conditions could impact morning travel.”

The NWS added that reduced visibility and gusty winds were expected.

“Prepare for additional travel time for the morning commute,” the tweet said.

NBC 5 Traffic reporter Kye Martin reported slippery conditions on Chicago’s roads, especially in parts of the North and West Side. In central DuPage County, icy conditions were beginning to develop, the NBC 5 Storm Team said.

As the flakes continued to fall, a few minor accidents were reported.

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Forecast for Chicago Wednesday

According to the NBC 5 Storm Team, snow in northern and western counties is expected to continue to fall throughout the day, with accumulations more likely in the afternoon. By 11 a.m., snow could become more widespread, NBC 5 meteorologist Alicia Roman said, although temperatures in Cook and Will counties could keep precipitation as a rain-snow mix.

“There may be rain staying in the city,” Roman said, as drizzle fell in Cook County early Wednesday morning. “It could be a rain-snow mix depending on where you are.”

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By 6 a.m. Wednesday, rain in parts of Cook County had begun to mix with snow.

Rain and snow are expected to persist across the region until 8 p.m., with some showers and flakes lingering overnight.

Light snow was expected to continue to fall early Thursday, with snow changing to rain Thursday afternoon.

High temperatures Wednesday are expected to be in the mid-30s, Roman said, leading some of the falling snow to turn straight into slush.

“A lot of it is melting because the road temperatures are still above freezing,” Roman said, of the flakes falling closer to the city. Further west, these temperatures remained cooler. Overall, Wednesday should feel more like winter than spring.

“Just a windy, raw, cool Wednesday,” Roman said.

How much snow could fall?

In McHenry, DeKalb, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Lee counties, where a winter weather advisory remained in effect, one to three inches of snow could fall, the NWS said. Northern parts of Lake County are also seeing some small accumulations, Roman said.


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