LIVE: Heavier Snow Arrives in Chicago

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By Michael Doll, Meteorologist
February 01, 2014; 5:55 AM

A winter storm will bring disruptive snow and ice from the Midwest into northern New England through Saturday night.

Freezing rain is creating icy conditions and hazardous driving conditions from near Wichita, Kan., to the southern suburbs of Kansas City, Mo. Above-freezing temperatures will alleviate the ice threat in St. Louis through at least this afternoon. However, cold air will move back into the city by Saturday evening to bring back some ice and even snow.

Snow will blanket areas from Kansas City, Mo., to Chicago for much of Saturday, with up to 8 inches expected across Chicagoland. Snow will become heavier later on Saturday morning from Milwaukee, Wis., to Detroit, Mich.

Roads will become snow covered and treacherous on Saturday, including Interstates 29, 35, 39, 80 and 80/94. Icy conditions will make travel quite hazardous on the Kansas Turnpike, I-70, I-55, I-57, I-65 and I-74.

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Snow will make its way into Canada later on Saturday into Saturday night and impact Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

Air travel delays are likely through Saturday night at the airports due to de-icing of airplanes and snow and ice removal operations on runways.

Areas in the interior mid-Atlantic and the Northeast will also receive a wintry mix on Saturday night into Sunday, but the coastal areas of these regions will likely have only rain.

Updates: (All times are listed in Central Time)

6:03 a.m. Saturday: One of the highest snow totals of the storm so far comes in at Adiar, Illinois. A total of 7.5 inches of snow has come from the storm so far.

5:30 a.m. Saturday: Traffic camera from the Illinois Tollway at I-355 and I-88 shows reduced visibility and partially snow-covered roads west of Chicago.

4:27 a.m. Saturday: A trained NWS weather spotter reports 5 inches of snow in Kirksville, Mo., in the northern part of the state.

3:35 a.m. Saturday: Steady snow is approaching the Chicagoland area from the west. Moderate snow is being reported in the Quad Cities area and the heavier snow rates will reach the western suburbs of Chicago before 6 a.m.

2:32 a.m. Saturday: A quarter inch of sleet was measured at the KCTV5 studios near Kansas City, reports the NWS.

1:28 a.m. Saturday: The NWS, via Atchison County, Kansas dispatch, reports 2-3 inches of snow near the Atchison and Jefferson county line.

1:00 a.m. Saturday: An inch of snow has fallen in the past hour at Kansas City International Airport. A traffic cam from Missouri DOT shows roads near Downtown Kansas City are snow covered.

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