Sources are reporting several minor traffic accidents have already occurred.
The most recent one is near Broadway and 23rd. There is an automobile accident near this location and injuries are being reported at this time. It is not yet known on the severity of the injuries. The cause of this accident is under investigation.
Another accident just happened as were writing this up that is on East Riverside near the Burger King, just East of Alpine. A vehicle crashed into a pole near this location. Injuries are being reported, it is not yet known on the severity of these injuries.
The pole is down, electrical wires are down.
A second ambulance has been requested to the scene.
The snow has started and the road conditions are going to deteriorate quickly. Please use caution if you have to drive this evening
Steady snow with likely rates of 1/2″ to 1″ per hour will overspread areas north of I-80 between about 8pm and 10pm, then gradually overspread the rest of the area through early Saturday morning.
Once the steady snow arrives, expect road conditions to deteriorate fairly quickly with temperatures below freezing.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana beginning this afternoon and continuing into Saturday afternoon. Snow will move in to northern Illinois in the mid to late afternoon and then overspread the remainder of the area through the evening. Periods of moderate to occasionally heavy snow is possible overnight into Saturday morning. Wind will gust as high as 35 mph tonight and into Saturday. This will result in blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and rural areas. The snow will diminish from the west Saturday afternoon. The snow totals listed are only for the event through Saturday afternoon, and do not include lake effect snow, which will start up Saturday evening and continue through Sunday.