‘Ice storm warning’ in Chicago overlaps with morning commute

An ice storm is expected to move through the Chicago area Tuesday morning, making travel dangerous or impossible, the National Weather Service warned.

The ice storm warning is issued for Cook and DuPage counties and lasts until 9 a.m. Tuesday, the weather service said.

Significant icing is possible, and total accumulation of a half inch is possible.

Strong winds from the west will increase the threat of power outages into late Tuesday. Gusts could reach 25 to 35 mph.

Travelers should plan for icy road conditions, the weather service said.

Cook and surround counties were already under a “winter weather advisory” Monday night. The area saw a mix of snow, ice and freezing rain.

Tuesday afternoon could see rain and snow, the weather service said. After that, more snow will likely push through the area until around midnight.

Tuesday’s daytime high is forecast for 35 degrees before temperatures dip to 19 degrees at night, the weather service said.

On Wednesday, Chicago area residents will get a brief reprieve from the snow and rainfall, the weather service. More precipitation is in the forecast on Thursday and Friday.

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