Chicago weather: March snow brings several inches to area

March 1, 2014 (CHICAGO)

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The snow comes down as 60,000 fans pack into Soldier Field for a rare outdoor Blackhawks hockey game.

And after the snow, more cold is on the way.

"Most of the system snow will be out of here shortly after daybreak, and even earlier than that if you're in the city and points north," said ABC7 Eyewitness News meteorologist Phil Schwarz.

Freezing rain and sleet are also in the forecast. Cities have mobilized snow removal crews as the National Weather Service cautions that travel could be hazardous.

A winter weather advisory was issued for 3 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, and until noon in northwest Indiana.

"The snow will move from the northwest and gradually sag to the southeast," said ABC7 Eyewitness News meteorologist Phil Schwarz. "All of the snow is moving east at around 30 miles per hour. We will have several hours of snow, there will be some significant accumulations, most of us will see 2-6 inches."

The snow could also create other problems on the roadways, and at times snowfall rates could reach up to an inch an hour. Drivers should plan accordingly, and be prepared to slow down and give snow removal equipment room.

According to the National Weather Service, snow should taper off by Sunday morning, although some lake effect showers may linger over far northeastern Illinois.

Boone, Cook, De Kalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will and Winnebago counties are all under the winter weather advisory.

With the fresh snow, falling temps and strong winds, wind chill readings could bring the temperatures to 5 to 15 below zero by Sunday morning.

Weather blamed for Indiana crashes

Black ice is blamed for causing several crashes Saturday on Interstate 65 in Gary, Indiana.

One mangled car had to be flipped back over on its wheels.

Farther down the road several cars were involved in a chain-reaction crash.

Amazingly everyone walked away without any injuries.

Indiana state police say they have received several calls for slide offs.

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