Snow, sleet blanket Chicago and surrounding area

Snow, sleet, rain and wind: Chicago and it’s suburbs saw it all on Tuesday and winter weather moved through the area.

By about 6:30 p.m., the weather service was reporting many areas had been hit with 5 inches or more of snow, including: 6.4 inches in Elk Grove Village; 5.9 inches in Roselle; 5.5 inches in Lake Bluff; and 5 inches in Wheaton and Woodstock.

By a little before 5:30 p.m., the weather service was reporting these snowfall accumulations: 6.4 inches in Northbrook; 5.2 inches in Streamwrood; and 4.5 inches in Winnetka.

Areas south of the city were seeing mostly lower accumulations, such as 4 inches in Park Forest and 2.5 inches in Peotone.

By around 7:30p.m., 854 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport, while 484 had been delayed, according to FlightStats, which gathers data from airports and airlines. At Midway International Airport, 171 flights have been canceled, while 73 were delayed.

On the roads, spinouts have been reported on interstates 90, 94 and 55, according to the Illinois State Police.

The Illinois State Police Chicago District has instituted its emergency snow plan. In an accident where there are no injuries and the cars are driveable, the drivers should exchange information at a safe place and file accident reports with the state police within 10 days.

Chicago’s Streets and Sanitation Department has deployed its entire fleet of 284 plows. Drivers will plow the main roads, such as Lake Shore Drive, through the evening rush hour. As the snow begins to taper off, the plows will clear residential roads, said department spokeswoman Anne Sheahan.

- The Chicago Tribune reporting

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