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A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect Monday and Tuesday for possible slick roads, as the Chicago area tries to warm up after a cold snap.
The advisory is in effect for central, northern and southern Cook; DeKalb; DuPage; Kane; Kendall; LaSalle; northern, eastern and southern Will; Grundy; and Kankakee counties until 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The advisory is in effect for Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois until noon Tuesday.
The advisory is in effect for Benton, Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter counties in Indiana until 9 a.m. Tuesday and for northern and southern La Porte County until noon Tuesday.
A night of freezing rainfall will make for a treacherous morning commute Tuesday. ABC7 Meteorologist Cheryl Scott said side roads, back roads and any untreated surfaces - including sidewalks and some city roads - will be glazed over with ice by the morning. Even pedestrians should take their time and be alert for slick spots.
Freezing drizzle will pick up to a light freezing rain late Monday night and overnight into Tuesday. It will continue in the morning before turning into rain as temperatures rise above freezing. Icy, slick roads are expected during the morning commute.
Freezing rain and rain are likely to also transition over to a period of wet snow early Tuesday morning across the far northern and northwestern sections of the area, especially near the Wisconsin state line. Some accumulations up to a couple inches are possible, Scott said.
Conditions are expected to gradually improve Tuesday afternoon as surface and ground temperatures warm above freezing.
Crews will monitor arterials streets, bridges and overpasses and DuSable Lake Shore Drive, DSS said.
Monday and Tuesday's weather issues come after parts of northwest Indiana saw over 3 feet of snow over the last few days.
Chicago has activated its warming centers.
The centers open when temperatures are 32 degrees. They are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.