Northeast Illinois Faces Freezing Rain Threat: Winter Weather Advisory

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CHICAGO, IL – A Winter Weather Advisory, primarily focusing on the risk of freezing rain, has been issued for Northeast Illinois. This advisory, in effect from 9 AM Monday to 6 AM CST Tuesday, was announced by the National Weather Service in Chicago on January 21 at 2:42 PM CST. 

Residents in the affected areas should prepare for hazardous conditions, primarily due to the freezing rain expected to dominate the weather event Monday night.

While the advisory starts with a forecast of light snow and sleet in the early hours of Monday, it’s the freezing rain later in the day that poses a significant risk. Even as air temperatures approach freezing, the ground temperatures will remain much colder, leading to icy and dangerously slick conditions on roads and sidewalks. These conditions are expected to persist into early Tuesday morning, potentially impacting both the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes.

Travelers are advised to exercise extreme caution, with the advisory also noting the potential for a few power outages. For up-to-date road conditions in Illinois, residents can visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com. This freezing rain event demands attention and preparedness from all in the region to ensure safety during this period.

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