Icy Conditions Cause Major Traffic, Transit Issues

What to Know

  • Three to six inches of snow could fall in Lake and McHenry counties between Monday evening and Tuesday morning

  • Closer to Chicago, a mix of freezing rain and snow could snarl the evening commute Monday

Numerous crashes were reported along with big delays and transit issues as an Ice Storm Warning continued for parts of the Chicago area Tuesday.  

The warning remained in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday for DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Cook, Grundy, Will and Kendall counties in Illinois along with Lake County in Indiana. 

Ice accumulations of up to half an inch are possible.

Gorgeous Photos of Nature Covered in Ice in Chicago Area

South Shore Line and Metra Electric trains were suspended Tuesday morning due to “extreme weather conditions.” The Chicago Transit Authority also said some lines were operating with “major delays” due mechnical problems from severe weather. 

Motorists were being urged to leave extra time as numerous spinouts and slick spots continued through the morning rush hour, according to officials. 

“We’re just asking people to give extra time, keep it slow,” said Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Guy Tridgell. 

Strong winds are expected to develop late Tuesday, bringing the potential for blowing snow and a threat for power power outages, especially in areas with significant ice accumulations. 

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