Is it Snow-ver Yet?

Temps in the teens expected tonight

By BJ Lutz
|  Friday, Jan 8, 2010  |  Updated 9:43 AM CDT
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The winter storm that moved through Chicagoland Thursday and created treacherous road conditions for Friday's morning commute is moving out of the area, but roads remain hazardous and commute times longer than normal.

Snowfall is slackening, and the National Weather Service is predicting about an inch of accumulation throughout the day. There's a 40 percent chance of snow before midnight, with temperatures dipping into the high teens.

Wind chill values are as low as -1, with north northwest winds between 10 and 15 m.p.h.

Roads appeared to be in rough condition this morning, due to lake effect snow erasing overnight gains made by snow plows.

As of 7:30 a.m. Chicago's full snow fighting fleet of 275 trucks was clearing the main route system of lake effect snow, which began accumulating around 3 a.m.

Metra warned it may experience moderate delays.

Gusts of 30 m.p.h. winds blew the light and fluffy snow, creating for low visibility and thus hazardous driving conditions.

However, the winter storm will continue to head out of the area Friday morning, and the overall accumulation should be less than expected. Original predictions called for up to 12 inches, though a maximum of eight is more likely.

A number of the city's snow-fighting trucks remained out overnight, focusing on the main thoroughfares.

10 p.m. Thursday Snow Totals:
Wadsworth: 6.0 inches; Portage, Ind.: 5.5 inches; Oak Brook: 4.3 inches; Naperville: 4.3 inches

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