Chicago commuters, say hello to snow.
The flaky white stuff was falling this morning, and much of it was sticking to the ground leading to an annual rite-of-passage: bad, bad driving.
The snow, the first measurable dusting of the year, has already caused more than a few accidents on area roadways and has led to delays on rail service, as well.
A semi-truck hit a wall on the Tri-State Tollway, and a series of cars got into a fender bender in the westbound lanes of Highway 80 causing some delays near the Des Plaines River Bridge. More accidents have been reported.
Chicago’s Snow Command released 175 plow trucks, about two-thirds of the fleet, to begin patrolling the city’s major thoroughfares.
CTA riders should prepare for a longer commute on the Blue Line, which was experiencing minor delays this morning but is now operating normally.
Today’s snow is a small preview of a major storm that is set to blanket Chicago in inches of whiteness Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Check NBCChicago for up to the minute updates on Chicago's snow fall.