Snow moves out of Chicago area — next up, thunderstorms?

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CHICAGO — About 5 inches of snow fell on the Chicago area Monday morning — bringing with it headaches for many local commuters — but the return of winter won’t last for long.

Even the governor couldn’t fully escape the hazardous conditions Monday. The Chicago Tribune reported that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s motorcade was involved in a collision when a trooper at the rear of the motorcade struck a semitrailer truck.

The trooper was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the Tribune reported. Rauner’s car was not involved in the accident.

The Winter Weather Advisory for the Chicago area ended at 12:30 p.m. as the snow began escaping to the east in the early afternoon hours -- but not before O'Hare recorded 5.4 inches of accumulation.

Meanwhile, Midway recorded 5.0. Bull Valley and St. Charles both exceeded the 6-inch mark.

The weather marked the largest snowstorm in Chicago in seven weeks -- and the largest late-season storm since 1982.

To see a list of snowfall totals in the area, go here.

With the snow leaving the area, Chicago can now anticipate a more common spring occurrence: thunderstorms, which are possible Tuesday night.

Temperatures are expect to rise from the 30s Monday to the 40s Tuesday.

On Wednesday temperatures may even reach the high-50s.

Welcome back, spring?

For all the latest weather updates, go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

 

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