Thundery weather subsides, warmer temps expected for morning rush

A mix of rain, sleet, ice and thunderstorms covered the Chicago area Sunday causing slick roads, car accidents and flight delays.

WGN Weather Center lightning detection equipment showed dozens of lightning strikes this evening.

The National Weather Service had issued a freezing rain advisory for northeast Illinois that warns of an ice storm that is expected to last until 9 p.m.

O’Hare airport was reporting delays up to 90 minutes Sunday afternoon.

The icy, thundery weather finally eased around 8 p.m. as temperatures rise above the freezing point, or 32 degree.

Temperatures should continue to rise overnight as precipitation decreases in intensity.  By the Monday morning rush, readings will be hovering around 40 degrees, which will melt most of the ice and sleet that accumulated earlier today.

For up to date forecast and radar log on to the Chicago Weather Center’s severe weather blog.

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