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Tuesday morning commute could be snarled by snow in Chicago area

Updated: December 16, 2013 8:29PM



Another winter storm will dust the Chicago area during the Tuesday morning rush hour — a wintry déjà vu for commuters slowed by a snowy commute Monday night.

The quick burst of snow should start soon after sunrise in the Chicago area, and could pile up at a moderate-to-heavy clip during morning rush hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters are already warning drivers to prepare for longer commute times because of the storm, which could leave up to two inches of snow.

The storm mirrors another brief snowfall Monday evening that slowed drivers and left 0.5 inches of snow at O’Hare International Airport in the city. Northern parts of the metro area saw up to two inches.

In response to Monday afternoon’s snowfall, the city’s Department of Streets & Sanitation sent 200 plows onto arterial streets and Lake Shore Drive.

The Illinois Tollway has also readied its full fleet of 182 snowplows to help clear roads, it said in a release.

All temporary lane closures are canceled until 9 a.m. Tuesday, and the tollway is urging drivers to slow down and leave plenty of following distance.

The snowfall adds to an already impressive seasonal total, forecasters say.

The 9.3 inches of snow recorded so far this year at O’Hare Airport makes this the snowiest start to the season since 2005, the weather service said. Chicago normally sees only about 5 inches of snow by Dec. 15.

Lows will drop to 13 or 17 degrees Monday night. Tuesday will be windy and reach a high of around 30, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation.

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