It could be a messy commute for many taking to area roads this evening.
Roadway conditions continue to worsen this afternoon as heavy snow fell and strong winds whipped through the area. A winter storm advisory remains in effect through 9 p.m. tonight for Cook County and three to five inches of snow accumulation is expected.
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As of 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, 3.2 inches of snow had fallen in Schaumburg and as of 12:37 p.m., 1.9 inches of snow had fallen in Palatine, according to the National Weather Service.
- READ MORE: Preliminary Snowfall Totals
Motorists were reporting white-out and blizzard conditions, accidents and cars in the ditch and snow-covered and slippery roadways throughout the area Tuesday afternoon, according to comments on Patch Facebook pages.
"I drove home from Rolling Meadows and all I could ask was, 'am I even in a lane?''" wrote one commenter on the Crystal Lake-Cary Patch Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.
A commenter on the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch Facebook page said a typical-35-minute drive to O'Hare took him one hour and 15 minutes while another said that at 2:30 p.m., traffic was "bumper-to-bumper" on Route 62 west from Schaumburg.
"Please turn on your lights. I was out when the storm started around 12 p.m. and many, many people didn't have their car lights on," according to one comment on the Palatine Patch Facebook page.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is reporting snow- or ice-covered roadways throughout much of the area and the Illinois Tollway has mobilized its full fleet of 182 snow plows in response to the snowfall.
Drivers are encouraged to take extra caution on the roadways this evening.
"Snow will slow travel through at least the early evening commute ... so persons planning travel should anticipate significantly elevated travel times," according to the National Weather Service.
Several area school districts have cancelled after-school activities due to the weather
The Illinois Tollway offers the following tips for driving safe during winter weather:
- Slow down and leave enough time to reach your destination
- Remember to always wear your safety belt and ensure children under the age of 8 are securely restrained in child safety seats
- Yield to snowplows and emergency vehicles
- Don’t text while driving. It’s illegal.
- Dial *999 on your cell phone to report incidents
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