The city was blanketed with another round of accumulating snow accumulating snow Wednesday, just two days after recovering from a significant winter storm.
Much of the metropolitan area began to see light snow in the early hours of the morning, with the city seeing significant steady showers by 8 a.m.
The snowfall is expected to continue into the afternoon hours before moving northeast out of the area. By 8:30 a.m., some suburban cities reported to have accumulated more than an inch and upwards of two inches of snow cover.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed more than 200 snow plows and salt spreaders to Lake Shore Drive and main streets ahead of morning rush hour Wednesday to prepare for the snow system passing through Chicago.
Trucks will focus on plowing arterial routes to ensure roads are safe and passable for motorists during the morning rush hour, officials said.
Conditions look to dry up for New Year’s Eve as temperatures drop significantly.
For revelers planning to gather outside for the first-of-its-kind New Year’s Eve celebration downtown Thursday, temperature highs will dip to near 28 degrees, but will likely be even colder in the evening, dropping into the teens by midnight. The high Friday will likely sit at around 25 degrees.
On Monday, much of the area saw a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain, light snow and high winds.
About 1.9 inches of snow was recorded at O’Hare International Airport by the time the snowfall tapered off, according to the National Weather Service. At 2:45 p.m. Monday, wind speeds reached up to 42 mph at the airport.
The snow may cause the city to send snow plows and salt spreaders. To track Chicago's snow fleet in real time, visit this site.