Snow falls across Chicago area; Winter Weather Advisory in effect

CHICAGO — Snow fell across the Chicago area Saturday, with as much as three to eight inches of heavy wet snow expected in some places.

A Winter Storm Warning went into effect at noon Saturday and was later downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory.

Meteorologists expected precipitation over good portion of the Chicago area along and north of I-88 and I-290. The greatest snowfall totals will be in northernmost counties bordering the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, tapering off farther south. Less than an inch of snow is expected along and south of I-80.

This will be a very heavy wet snow that will cause slow hazardous driving conditions, especially in northernmost counties. Strong northeast winds gusting over 30 mph will further complicate driving conditions, so travel only if absolutely necessary.

The snow will melt very quickly due to increasing temperatures. Anyone who can postpone shoveling is advised to do so since the snow will likely melt in most places by Sunday.

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