Nearly 2 inches of snow falls on Chicago

With temperatures peaking at 35 degrees, the city was expected to see between one and two inches of snowfall, mainly in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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A pedestrian walks through the University of Chicago campus, after nearly 2 inches of snow fell in Chicago March 15, 2021.

A pedestrian walks through the University of Chicago campus after nearly 2 inches of snow fell in Chicago March 15, 2021.

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Hundreds of salt spreaders hit Chicago streets Monday afternoon as nearly 2 inches of snow fell across northern Illinois.

As of 6 p.m., 1.8 inches were reported at O’Hare Airport and 1.6 inches were reported at Midway Airport, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures weren’t expected to pass 35 degrees.

West and northwest suburban areas saw similar amounts, according to the weather service. Bartlett and St. Charles each saw 1.5 inches, while Schaumburg reported 1.4 inches.

The snow mixed in with rain as the evening turned to night, and is expected to peter out early Tuesday morning, the weather service said. The temperature should fall only a couple degrees Monday night.

The slushy weather follows days of strong winds in the area, which knocked out power to over 12,000 homes and toppled multiple trees last week.

Monday isn’t expected to be quite so gusty, but winds may still reach speeds of up to 35 mph, the weather service said.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed 211 salt spreaders, agency spokeswoman Cristina Villarreal said in a statement.

Salt spreaders will plow arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive, and will move to residential streets when the snow stops falling, she said.

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