Drivers warned of dangers on Chicago’s roads due to freezing rain and snow


Travelers are warned of dangerous road conditions Tuesday as a winter mix of rain, freezing rain and snow is expected to pass through the Chicago area.

A tenth to a quarter inch ice buildup is expected in the afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said in a winter weather advisory. The precipitation could change to snow during the evening, with a build-up of 1 to 3 inches possible in parts of the northern and northwestern suburbs. Less than an inch of snow was expected at O’Hare International Airport.

The evening commute is expected to be dangerous and slippery, the weather service said. Temperatures will rise in the 1930s, but surfaces will remain cold and freezing, the weather service said. The weather advisory lasts until midnight.

More than 100 schools, daycares and park districts across the Chicago area have closed early or canceled Tuesday night activities due to weather, according to the Emergency Closure Center.

As of 1:30 p.m., 462 flights had been canceled at O’Hare and delays averaged over an hour, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. Midway International Airport recorded 80 cancellations and delays averaged 38 minutes.

There is a risk of snow on Wednesday and daytime temperatures are expected to stay between 20 and 30 degrees, the weather service said.


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