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Here's Your Holiday Rain, Dear

Snow Command's trucks will stay out through rush hour



    Here's Your Holiday Rain, Dear
    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)

    Chicago’s Snow Command is warning drivers to be careful.

    The afternoon's light snow will soon turn to sleet, freezing rain, snow, and then plain old rain as we head toward Christmas Day.

    A system headed northeast over the Plains will hit Chicago with the full precipitation monty, starting Wednesday afternoon.

    Temperatures remain just below freezing and can contribute to slick conditions.

    The snow command advises decreased speeds and increased distance between your car and the next.

    Command released 175 snow-fighting trucks Monday night, and despite the light dusting, the fleet will remain on the streets through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    The fleet will likely be back on the streets tonight as the National Weather Service has issued a “special weather statement,” warning of a large winter storm headed toward the Midwest.

    Conditions will likely included snow, sleet and freezing rain, all of which will turn to ice on the roads.

    Christmas morning weather will be more rainy than snowy, with white stuff moving in by the afternoon.

    Check in with NBCChicago for up to the minute weather alerts, traffic alerts, airport delays and school closings related to the coming storm.