Snow falling in Chicago area; Winter weather advisory issued

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A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Chicago area until 7 p.m. tonight.

The Dept of Streets and Sanitation has deployed close to 200 snow plows as the snow has started falling in the area.  The plows will work to first clear and salt the city’s main streets, and then focus efforts on residential streets.

O’Hare airport was reporting delays averaging 45 minutes and more than 100 flight cancellations due to weather in Chicago area and on the East Coast.snowpersonwalking

Around 2 p.m. today, rain was beginning to change to snow across some western and northern suburbs.  The transition from rain to snow will continue to migrate slowly eastward this afternoon and evening.

A dusting to as much as 2″ expected across sections of the Chi area, the heaviest being in the northwest. Then it’s back to arctic air in Chicago.  The coming days will see temperatures drop 65 degrees.

Temps drop from Tuesday’s record 63 to a -2 at O’Hare by daybreak Friday.

For more on the forecast and updated radar images, log on to The Chicago Weather Center.

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