CHICAGO — Commuters should watch out for slick roads Monday night, as wet snow and falling temperatures could make for an icy commute, meteorologists said.
Snow began falling in Chicago about 2 p.m. Monday and was expected to continue until 7 or 8 p.m., according to National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Mott.
But don't expect that snow to stick. Warm temperatures over the weekend have left the city's roads and sidewalks relatively warm, Mott said. Most of the snow that fell Monday afternoon melted as it made landfall.
Meteorologists anticipated less than an inch of accumulation Monday.
Temperatures will continue to drop, hitting the "vicinity of freezing" around 6 p.m. Monday, Mott said.
The weather service warned of possible icy patches on the roads as a result of the harsh temperature drop. The air could be as cold as 34 degrees by early evening, with a low of 28 degrees expected overnight.
While snow is expected to leave the area Monday evening, the frigid weather looks like it's here to stay until at least Thursday, when temperatures could hit 44 degrees.
Mott said Chicago might see a rain and snow mixture early Friday, though the meteorologists anticipates northwestern and western suburbs getting the brunt of the wintry weather.
The first snow of the season dusted O'Hare Airport on Oct. 22, though flurries did not accumulate.