Winter storm begins; Morning commute could be an issue

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A Winter Storm Warning for 4 to 8-inches of snow or even more in a few locations will begin tonight at 10 p.m. and continue until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Rain is still forecast to spread across the Chicago area this evening – quickly turning over to sleet and then accumulating snow. Travel will quickly become hazardous later this evening as the snow builds up, roads become slush-covered and icy and strong winds cause blowing and drifting as well as cutting visibility.

Wednesday’s morning commute is of particular concern.

Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation is prepared to deploy its entire fleet of 287 snowplows and salt trucks, spokeswoman Molly Poppe said. Officials will decide when and how many drivers to deploy as the snow starts falling, but 287 drivers are ready to go, she said.

Metra will put extra train crews in place to make up for staffing shortages or emergencies.  Metra is also bringing in other crews at 1 a.m. to get a head start on clearing and salting platforms in advance of the rush hour.

For updates on the forecast log on to the Chicago Weather Center Blog

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