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Winter weather advisory issued for Tuesday evening

<p>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35034353562@N01/4171789101/" target="_blank">Jessamyn West</a>, Flickr</p>

Image by Jessamyn West, Flickr

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snowy conditions in the Chicago area between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 12 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow will begin in mid- to late afternoon and continue through Wednesday morning, the advisory said. Blowing snow and gusts at 20 to 25 miles per hour are expected during that time.

NWS meteorologist Amy Seeley said light snow could reach the southern suburbs by late afternoon, but that Tuesday’s evening commute should be largely unaffected. Seeley said temperatures will likely be in the low 20’s tonight.

Snowfall accumulations of two to four inches are expected, reducing visibility and making travel hazardous, according to the weather service.

A news release from Illinois State Police advised motorists take caution on the road, reduce speeds and allow for extra travel time.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is readying 1,755 snowplows and 3,700 employees to remove snow and ice, and the Illinois Tollway plans to deploy its full fleet of 182 snowplows and more than 200 workers to keep roads clear, according to a release from Governor Pat Quinn’s office.

As of 8:30 p.m. Monday, operations at O’Hare and Midway airports were normal.

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