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Heavy Snow Disrupts Chicago's Monday Activities

By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
February 18, 2014, 1:02:48 AM EST

The band of heavy, blinding snow will shift east of Chicago Monday evening, but disruptions to travel and daily activities will linger.

Snow has dropped a fresh 3-6 inches on many areas.

Roads will remain slippery into the evening hours and additional flight delays and cancelations are likely.


Prior to Monday, Chicago has picked up 62.9 inches of snow this winter. That makes this winter the city's seventh snowiest. The winter of 1917-18 and its 64.1 inches sits in the sixth spot with the winter of 1978-79 and its 89.7 inches at the top of the list.

Some of the snow will begin to melt on Tuesday as temperatures approach the 40-degree mark.

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Highs in the middle and upper 30s will then follow for Wednesday and Friday.

Overnight lows these days will still drop to or below freezing, so people are urged to walk and drive defensively.

With the milder temperatures will likely come rain instead of snow later in the week, as well as the potential for stream and minor urban flooding, where snow piles are clogging storm drains.

Temperatures fluctuating between above freezing during the daytime and subfreezing at night this week--after Monday--will help regulate the release of runoff from snowmelt into area streams and rivers.

Residents living in flood-prone areas are urged to monitor the impending flood threat.

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