Heavy snow and high winds could potentially make for a nightmare commute for residents returning to work after the holiday weekend.
Snowfall totals of up to a foot are expected in some western areas, and even closer to Chicago there is the potential for heavy snows and high winds to create hazardous travel conditions for commuters at the start of the work week.
According to the NBC 5 Storm Team, the last of the snow may not move out of the area until around 9 a.m., meaning that road conditions could be slippery in the morning hours.
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A Blizzard Warning will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Monday morning, with wind gusts over 40 MPH and blowing and drifting snow expected.
Metra released a statement Sunday night calling for train riders to take extra time with their commutes on Monday.
“Metra passengers are advised to allow extra travel time to their boarding station Monday morning and to exercise caution on boarding platforms or near the tracks,” the agency said. “At this time, Metra plans to operate a normal weekday schedule.”
Illinois State Police are urging motorists to limit travel during the storm, and to bring supplies like a cell phone, food, water, warm clothing, and blankets if they must travel on roadways.