Weather Updates

Snow trucks sent to main routes as precipitation continues

Omar Carrerscrapping ice off his car Monday February 28 2011. | John H. White~Sun-Times

Omar Carrera, scrapping ice off his car, Monday, February 28, 2011. | John H. White~Sun-Times

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Snow fighting trucks have been sent to clear city streets as Sunday’s lingering drizzle turns to sleet, freezing rain and a dusting of snow early Monday.

Mixed precipitation will continue into early Monday morning for the Chicago area, with some locations receiving light accumulation of freezing rain or a dusting of snow, the National Weather Service’s website said.

At 3 a.m., the city’s Department of Streets & Sanitation sent 174 snow trucks onto Chicago’s main streets and Lake Shore Drive to treat pavement in advance of the morning rush hour, according to a release from spokesman Matt Smith.

A weather advisory expired at 4 a.m. Monday for all Chicago-area counties in Illinois and northwest Indiana, according to the NWS website.

However, flood warnings continue for the Kankakee River in Lake and Newton counties in Indiana, the weather service said. The river is forecast to rise above its flood stage by Monday afternoon, and flooding may impact lowland agricultural areas.

Flood advisories remain in place for the Fox River at Montgomery, affecting Kane and Kendall counties, and for the Kankakee River at Wilmington, affecting Will and Grundy counties, the website said. Residents in low lying, flood-prone areas should be alert for river levels that could rise rapidly because of ice jam activity.

Strong winds whipping up significant waves on Lake Michigan will also make boating hazardous overnight, prompting the weather service to issue a small craft warning and gale warning. Winds may reach 30 to 35 knots (about 35 to 40 miles per hour) and waves may top nine feet, the weather service said.

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