200 snow plows deployed as wintry weather moves into Chicago

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Chicago is deploying over 200 snow plows to plow and salt city streets as winter weather moves across the Chicago area.

WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling said that a quick 1 to 1.5″ isn’t out of the question in a few areas Tuesday. He said to be careful on the roads as the snowfall rates can overwhelm road chemicals leading to ice and snow accumulations.

In Chicago, it has snowed eight of the past nine days. Skilling says the seasonal snow tally of 9.8″ is nearly twice the normal of 5.3″ through this date. This is the 16th day of snowfall this season to date.

A rain changing to snow set-up Friday introduces the colder air mass for the weekend which models advertise as the foundation for a potentially vigorous snow system riding into the Chicago area in the Saturday night/Sunday time frame.

Skilling says the European model continued in overnight runs with its recent aggressive snow production with this system, but the Weather Service’s GFS model is hardly a slouch in terms of weekend snow potential. It too predicts the potential for a significant weekend snow.

“It goes without saying at this distance in time that forecasts of snow amounts are hardly carved in stone, and served more as indicators of forecast trends,” Skilling notes.

For the latest weather updates, check out the Chicago Weather Center blog.

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