Snow Creates Slick And Slushy Travel, Bitter Cold Ahead

Sun-Times Media Wire
February 12, 2020 - 12:28 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Snow will start falling in Chicago during the Wednesday evening commute, dropping between 2 and 3 inches by the next morning and making for “slick” and “slushy” travel, forecasters say.

Initially mixed with rain, the snow will move northward across Chicago between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. as temperatures drop below freezing, according to the National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Birk.

“After about 6 p.m., roads will start to get really slick because of accumulating snow,” Birk said.

Between 1 and 2 inches of snow is expected Wednesday evening, but could be in the 2- to 3-inch range by Thursday morning, he said.

The snow will taper off Thursday morning, followed by a cold shot of air in the 20s that could fall into the teens by afternoon and single digits overnight, Birk said.

Winds of 10 to 20 mph — with gusts up to 25 mph — will bring wind chills possibly 10 below zero in Chicago and as low as minus 20 west of the metro area, according to the weather service forecast.

There’s also a risk of lakeshore flooding, with waves in Cook County between 8 and 11 feet, Birk said. A lakeshore flood advisory is in effect in Cook County between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.

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