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Winter Weather Makes for Messy Morning Commute Across Chicago Area

Winter weather continued across the Chicago area early Wednesday, with snow and freezing rain making for a difficult morning commute.

Tuesday morning brought another winter system to the region, with snow, freezing ice and rain.

Some locations could see as much as 5 inches of snow mixed with ice accumulations of up to two tenths of an inch before the system comes to an end Wednesday, making travel conditions dangerous for several hours.

A Winter Storm Warning was issued for McHenry County until noon Wednesday, warning of up to 7 inches of snow in addition to ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.

A Winter Weather Advisory remained in effect through 12 p.m. for DuPage, Cook, La Salle, Kendall, De Kalb, Kane and Lake counties in Illinois as well.

The area saw freezing drizzle turn into a mix of freezing rain and snow Tuesday evening, with snow accumulations up to 5 inches through Wednesday morning as well as ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch in areas of De Kalb and Kane counties.

"A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving," the alert states.

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The wintry mix comes just days after a snowstorm dumped several inches of snow across the area, with some spots seeing more than 10 inches.

Wednesday's precipitation was expected to end by late morning, for a mostly cloudy and breezy day, turning colder as temperatures quickly fall into the 20s.

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