Chicago weather: Lake-effect snow burst, cold temperatures snarl traffic in south suburbs, near IN border

Illinois State Police respond to numerous crashes on Interstates 57, 94, 80, Route 394

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Thursday, April 1, 2021
Snow burst, cold temps snarl Chicago-area traffic
A lake-effect snow burst coupled with cold temperatures early Thursday morning created a mess on Chicago-area roadways.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A burst of lake-effect snow and cold temperatures Thursday morning created Chicago-area traffic issues.

Snow moved through the area early Thursday and was expected to shift east throughout the morning, ABC 7 Chicago meteorologist Greg Dutra said.

As a result of the snow and cold temperatures, icy conditions were present on Chicago-area roadways, especially those south of the city and near the northwest Indiana border.

Illinois State Police said they responded to dozens of weather-related crashes on Interstates 57, 94 and 80 and Route 394 Thursday morning, and the incidents were well into the double digits as of 5:30 a.m.

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A crash at 394 near Route 30 caused about a 2-mile backup.

Some vehicles ended up in ditches off the roadways, as well, resulting in a large Illinois Department of Transportation and ISP response.

The crashes slowed traffic but did not cause any closures.