The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the entire Chicago area that runs from late this morning through this evening. This advisory replaces the Winter (Ice) Storm Watch. A two to six hour period of freezing rain is expected later today before temperatures rise above the freezing mark by 8PM.
-Freezing rain is expected to begin in the Chicago area between 11AM and 2PM.
-Initially, sleet (ice pellets) may mix in with the freezing rain.
-Untreated surfaces will become icy within minutes of the onset of precipitation.
-Use extreme caution if traveling by car or truck. Chemically treated roads and highways may be ice free while untreated roads will be extremely slick and icy.
-The most treacherous driving/walking conditions are expected between Noon and 7PM.
-The freezing rain will end between 5PM and 8PM as temperatures rise above 32 degrees.
-Any and all ice will melt by the Monday morning rush hour as temperatures soar into the 40s after Midnight.
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