Winter storm brings snow for Monday rush hour

February 21, 2010 9:13:35 PM PST
A winter storm brings rain, sleet and snow to much of the Chicago area, and it won't be over until after the morning rush.Road conditions are expected to be messy, and they were already bad in some places Sunday night.

It began snowing in Chicago's northwest suburbs at approximately 6:30 p.m. The snow was relatively wet, which was good news for Sunday night traffic because it wasn't sticking.

Still, toll road salt trucks loaded up and hit the roads

"It's not so bad right now. It's actually pretty easy driving right now," said motorist Greg Jamieson.

He told ABC7 Chicago he was confident that when he drove from Elk Grove Village into the city Monday morning, the roads would be clear.

"Well, if I leave at 6:30, I think I could be there by 7:30. I would expect it. I expect no less," Jamieson said.

A pair of friends speaking with ABC7 Chicago said they weren't worried either. Armed with and atlas, they were on their way to New York, and the plan was to drive straight through.

"I'm from Minnesota. I don't worry about it," one of them said.

Despite plenty of available snow supplies in stores, the weather actually caught another pair of friends off guard. They were using their hands to clear off their car.

Others were hoping the snow would get worse.

"I'm a teacher. So, I'm hoping we have a snow day tomorrow," Joanne Zasada said.

That might not be the case, especially since ground temperatures have been high.

Either way, the city of Chicago was preparing Sunday night for the morning rush hour.

"We're not expecting freeze, but we're going to see a lot of slush and water. I believe that's what we're going to see in the morning rush," said Thomas Byrne, commissioner, Dept. of Streets and Sanitation.

As always, the city will focus on clearing main roads first, then side streets.

Plow and salt trucks were expected to be on the roads overnight as the wet snow began to thicken and accumulate.