The Chicago area will experience a snowy start to March after an uncharacteristically warm, but windy, end to February.
A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday for Lake and McHenry counties. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Cook, DuPage and Kane counties.
The National Weather Service says a rain/sleet mix will transition to snow overnight, making the commute messy and leaving wet, heavy snow that may be difficult to shovel.
“We expect the snow to roll in during the course of Monday evening, and temperatures are going to be plummeting,” ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler said.
Snow will fall overnight and through the day Tuesday, with 1 to 6 inches of accumulation possible, Butler said.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect in McHenry and Lake counties in Illinois and all of Southern Wisconsin from 9 p.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday.
While wintry conditions are expected to hit after Monday’s evening rush hour, Butler warns the Tuesday morning commute will likely be blanketed with snow.
The city may only see 1-3 inches of accumulation, but the northern and western suburbs may see harsher conditions, Butler said.
The snowfall is expected to wind down by Tuesday’s evening commute.
Crystal Lake plow drivers were called in around 9 p.m. Monday Nineteen trucks are loaded and ready to go. Slick roads will be a major concern.
“If it’s just icy, we’re obviously going to put down salt. We’ll put a chemical and that helps the salt be more effective,” said Andy Resek, Crystal Lake Public Works.
Illinois state crews are ready, too.
“Timing is an issue here,” said Illinois Dept. of Transportation spokesperson Gianna Urgo.
The morning rush hour might be a problem, but just like in storms in the past, IDOT has a plan in place.
“We’ll be out overnight in full force, that’s over 350,” Urgo said.