A hazardous weather outlook was in effect throughout the Chicago area Monday morning as snow showers moved out of Wisconsin and across the northeast corner of Illinois, slowing the morning commute.
According to the National Weather Service, the outlook called for “elevated snow risk” and included all the counties in the Chicago area as well as several in north central Illinois and northwest Indiana.
“Snow is likely across much of the outlook area today,” according to a statement on the weather service’s website.
Highest snow amounts were expected Monday morning, mainly north of Interstate 90. But more snow could fall Monday night, according to the weather service.
With temperatures in the mid to upper 20s, accumulations of 1 to 2 inches have been reported in some spots, with slick, snow-covered roads in some areas, according to the weather service.
As of 7 a.m., 0.4 inch of snow had fallen at O’Hare International Airport, according to the weather service. In Rockford, 0.6 inch had fallen.
“April 16, 2018 and still no sign of Spring,” read a posting on the Lake County, Ill., sheriff’s office Facebook page Monday morning.
The office said roads were slick and advised motorists to consult its online Passage site for travel information.
The Illinois State Police said a crash on Interstate 55 just north of the Kankakee River in Will County closed all but one southbound lane. All lanes were expected to reopen before 10 a.m., a spokesman said.
Temperatures should warm into mid and upper 30s later Monday, but there is a 30 percent chance of more snow at night and into Tuesday morning.
ChicagoTribune’s John Keilman and WGN-TV contributed.
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