Snow in the morning, but evening rush to be worse

The Chicago area prepares for 4th significant snow in a month-this one, in all probability, the season’s biggest in the city and across the south suburbs.

While it is to be snowing Tuesday morning, it’s the mid and late-morning, midday and evening rush hour into the evening hours which, given the strong winds and heavy rate of snowfall predicted, are likely to see this storm’s worst conditions here.

Healthy snowfall expected in this system in the northern suburbs, but folks there have seen two 8 to 12″ snows already this season. This one may fall in a comparable accumulation range.

Snow, sleet blanket Chicago and surrounding area6-12″ accumulations are forecast-especially Tuesday into Tuesday night.

In anticipation that the snow will impact air travel, airlines like  Southwest, United and American Airlines are offering ticket holders scheduled to fly out Tuesday the opportunity to reschedule their flights.

Illinois State Police have issued snow travel advisories and are urging motorists to plan ahead and take necessary precautions while traveling on interstates and state roads. When crashes occur during extreme weather, Illinois State Police say drivers should exchange insurance to keep he roads clear, unless medical attention is required.  Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP District within 10 days.

For updates on forecast and radar images, visit The Chicago Weather Center.

Chicago Weather Center staff member Steve Kahn contributed to this report.

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