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Winter reminds Chicagoans it’s coming,  but the holiday week looks clear

Winter reminds Chicagoans it’s coming, but the holiday week looks clear

While may in Chicago are wondering where Fall went, Winter has made a ‘soft’ appearance, with chilly temps and some light snow. For the most part, the slightly slick road conditions have been a minor inconvenience, but with next week’s upcoming Holiday, even a little snow can cause havoc.

Luckily the snow will push out of the area by late Saturday, leaving next week clear and unseasonably warm. Highs in the mid 40’s with sunshine is forecast for Thanksgiving, giving us one more thing to be thankful for.

Friday’s afternoon commute could be a real challenge, however, with snow starting mid-day and continuing overnight. Those trying to leave the work-week behind might find a longer than average commute, and drivers should use caution as the roads could become icy. Overnight temps in the low 20’s and wind-chills much lower will stick around for the weekend, but next week promises to mostly stay above freezing.

Congestion from Holiday traffic is predicted to be the busiest since 2005, with 54 million motorists scheduled to be on the roads. The worst is expected between 2:30 and 4:30PM on Wednesday, so if possible plan your trip for alternate times. As always, expect increased enforcement, so stay alert and attentive behind the wheel.