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CHICAGO (AP) - A mix of snow and freezing rain is expected to hit parts of the Chicago area Monday night into Tuesday morning, kicking off a week of intermittent wintry weather.
The messy weather will begin with a mixture of snow, freezing rain and possibly sleet across northern Illinois and northwest Indiana starting in the late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Precipitation is expected to be heaviest in the north and northwest suburbs, with snow accumulations between 1 and 4 inches possible in some places. Any snow is expected to transition into freezing rain overnight and into Tuesday morning, the weather service said. A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Up to a quarter inch of ice could accumulate in portions of northern Cook, Lee, DeKalb and Kane counties, according to the weather service. Areas further south, including parts of Will County and Lake County, Indiana, could see up to an inch of snow and up to two tenths of an inch of ice accumulation.
Drivers can expect slippery road conditions during Tuesday’s morning commute, the weather service said. The rain will likely transition back into snow Tuesday morning or early afternoon, although less than half an inch of accumulation is expected.
High temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s and 20s through Wednesday, but could climb into the low 40s on Thursday, the weather service said. Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny, but a chance of rain and snow will return on Thursday afternoon and continue through Friday.