Commuters brave the snow Tuesday morning, Dec. 8, 2009 in downtown Chicago. The National Weather Service says the storm rolling into Illinois could be extremely dangerous, with high winds and blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
A giant overnight snowstorm that was supposed to rip through Chicagoland seems to have missed its mark.
Early morning temps registered a balmy 34-degrees and there was virtually no snow inside city limits.
But don’t go celebrating; a winter advisory is in effect until 6 p.m and the worst is yet to come.
Freezing rain, snow and icy conditions are expected to pounce on Chicago with force by about 9 a.m. Temperatures in and around the metro area expected to plunge by mid morning, followed by snow, freezing rain and ice.
The Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation released 175 “snow-fighting” trucks this morning to patrol major roads in preparation for the morning commute, according to a department statement.
By 5 p.m. temps are expected to reach 23 degrees with wind gusts up to 40 m.p.h., and overnight temps could touch 17-below with wind chill.
While Chicago proper was spared much of the overnight wrath, surrounding areas did see some accumulation. Some north and northwest suburbs saw up to 6 inches. In McHenry county some roads were reportedly impassable.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will have 325 plows out and about in the city and the surrounding suburbs to keep the roads clear after the storm rolls through.