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It’s official: First snow accumulates in Chicago

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Updated: November 11, 2013 9:48PM

It wasn’t much, just four tenths of an inch measured at O’Hare Airport, but the first official accumulation of snow this year caused motorists to slow down and walkers to speed up as wet slushy flakes pelted Chicagoans Monday.

The snow was not expected to stick to the pavement, but could have a shelf life on grass and other elevated surfaces such as parked cars and rooftops, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Casey Sullivan.

The National Weather Service uses O’Hare as their official site to measure accumulation.

The precipitation, which began as rain and turned to heavy wind blown snow in the early afternoon, left a sheen on area roadways that forecasters warned could turn to ice as evening temperatures dropped into the 20s.

Parts of northwest Indiana are expected to receive three to five inches of lake effect snow Monday night into Tuesday morning.

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

“Tuesday will be sunny and 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.”


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