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Up To 2 Inches Of Snow Coming For Chicago Area

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A plow removes snow after a lake effect blast hit Michigan City, Indiana. (CBS)

A plow removes snow after a lake effect blast hit Michigan City, Indiana. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – While the East Coast digs out from a snowstorm that dumped 15 inches, the Chicago area will be seeing a little bit of snow Thursday, too.

CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist says the foggy conditions that started the day will give way to snow, with totals of 1 to 2 inches throughout the Chicago area.

The city dispatched 174 snow-fighting trucks, which are patrolling main routes and Lake Shore Drive to ease traffic during the morning rush hour.

“They should be on their routes now, to keep rush hour traffic moving,’’ Smith said. “They will stay on the main roads during the incoming snow.”

The Illinois Tollway has also mobilized its full fleet of 183 snowplows, according to a release from Illinois Tollway.

The Tollway’s Snow Operations Center was activated Thursday morning and staffed with traffic center operators, and snow and ice control supervisors, the release said.

To help with snow removal efforts, the Tollway canceled all temporary lane closures until 7 p.m. Thursday, according to the release.

The snow is expected to pick up around midday.

Farther west over Iowa, a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain is sliding into the Quad Cities, but in the Chicago area, only snow is expected.

Flurries will continue on Friday morning, but heavier snow will fall across the lake on the west coast of Michigan. Kleist warns whiteout conditions are possible for motorists driving around the rim of the lake.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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