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Snow Storm in Chicago in late February

Forecasters are predicting the heaviest snowfall of the season for February 21 into February 22.

The same weather system dumped several inches of snow in Kansas and Nebraska, closing schools and businesses there.

The storm could be the worst to hit the Midwest since a storm dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow from central Oklahoma to the lower Great Lakes and central New England between Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2011.

The storm spawned the infamous Groundhog Day Blizzard that buried Chicago in 20.2 inches of snow.

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Snow causes messy morning commute

A winter storm moved through the Chicago area overnight, dumping up to five inches of snow in some communities.

The storm buried the Plains states and other parts of the Mid West in more than a foot of snow but it lost some of its punch as it moved toward Chicago.

Snow plows hit the highways and streets after midnight, but early commuters were forced to take it slow, as the roads were covered with slow.

Snowy CommuteOvernight, the Illinois State Police described road conditions as “horrible” as dozens of drivers spun out or crashed on local highways.

The State Police instituted their “snow plan”, not responding to accidents without injuries and asking drivers to report those later.

The city of Chicago dispatched its entire fleet of 284 snow plows to clear the city’s main streets and Lake Shore Drive.

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams asked drivers to take it slow and be patient, as plow drivers got to work. Williams said the plows would move to the side streets later in the morning once the main routes were cleared.

Dozens of schools closed for the day or had a delayed start due to the weather.

The snow also created some delays at O’Hare International Airport.   Delays of up to an hour and a half were report at 7am.

The snow is expected to taper off throughout the morning and turn to freezing drizzle, coating the area with ice.   Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-30s. The National Weather issued a winter weather advisory for the region until 6 p.m.

At 6 a.m., 2.7 inches had fallen at O’Hare International Airport, tying the highest total recorded there this winter, according to the National Weather Service. Accumulation ranged from 2 to 5 inches throughout the area, according to the Chicago Weather Center.

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Wearing boots and a sweater to keep warm Kiki the dog crosses La Salle Street with her owner, Zofia Texton as they took their evening walk Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 in Chicago. (Anthony Soufflé/Chicago Tribune)

Chicagoans are waiting and watching the weather tonight to determine if they will perhaps be taking a long weekend that could start Friday morning.

With 3 to 7 inches of snow expected, many tell us they are planning on calling in sick to work.

Chicagoans are out of practice in dealing with winter weather. This expected snowfall would be the most in the area in the past year.



List of Emergency Closings Here