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Cold front brings snow, icy roads to Chicago area

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Afternoon rain that briefly turned to slushy pelting snow could leave behind dangerous black ice on area roadways as temperatures drop into the 20s Monday evening.

Bridges and untreated roads and sidewalks may be particularly icy as temperatures plunge to the mid-20s with 35 mile per hour wind gusts overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 6 p.m., O'Hare International Airport and the weather service's headquarters in Romeoville both had 0.4 inches of snow on the ground, the NWS said.

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Far northwest suburban McHenry had 1.9 inches of snow Monday evening, according to the NWS. Lisle and Bolingbrook in DuPage county both had 0.6 inches of snow, while northwest suburban Buffalo Grove had a half-inch of snow.

Parts of northwest Indiana are expected to see much heavier lake-effect snowfall about 8 or 9 p.m. and lasting into Tuesday morning, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Andrew Krein. Porter County could see six to seven inches of snow, with even heavier accumulation possible further east.

No precipitation is expected Tuesday, but it will be a long underwear day.

"Tuesday will be very chilly, with highs around freezing," said fellow meteorologist Matt Friedlein. "It's the coldest high in Chicago in the first half of November in 17 years."

The Dept. of Streets and Sanitation has deployed about 45 trucks to salt the city's main streets and Lake Shore Drive for the season's first snowfall.

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