Wintry mix creates slippery roadways in northern Illinois

 
 
Updated 1/23/2019 11:43 AM
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  • Meredith Davis scrapes off her car as snow and freezing rain arrived on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Chicago.

    Meredith Davis scrapes off her car as snow and freezing rain arrived on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Hongxin Dong scraps ice off his car Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. Fatal accidents involving vehicles sliding off icy roadways have been reported in Wisconsin, Kansas and Illinois, and more than 500 flights have been cancelled at Chicago's two major airports.

    Hongxin Dong scraps ice off his car Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. Fatal accidents involving vehicles sliding off icy roadways have been reported in Wisconsin, Kansas and Illinois, and more than 500 flights have been cancelled at Chicago's two major airports. Associated Press

  • A fan braves the snow and freezing rain as he arrives at the United Center for a Chicago Blackhawks game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Chicago.

    A fan braves the snow and freezing rain as he arrives at the United Center for a Chicago Blackhawks game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Hongxin Dong scraps ice off his car Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. Fatal accidents involving vehicles sliding off icy roadways have been reported in Wisconsin, Kansas and Illinois, and more than 500 flights have been cancelled at Chicago's two major airports.

    Hongxin Dong scraps ice off his car Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. Fatal accidents involving vehicles sliding off icy roadways have been reported in Wisconsin, Kansas and Illinois, and more than 500 flights have been cancelled at Chicago's two major airports. Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Rain changing to icy snow has caused slippery road conditions in northern Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says interstates in northern and western Illinois were covered with ice and snow Wednesday morning as the weather system pushed through the state. That includes portions of interstates 39, 80, 88 and 90. A National Weather Service winter storm warning warned of up to 5 inches of snow.

Northern Illinois University in DeKalb closed its campus until 5 p.m. Wednesday due to snow and icy conditions.

The Chicago area saw a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow with threats of icing.

Dangerously cold weather is expected to follow the system into Illinois. Minimum wind chills Thursday night are forecast at 25 degrees below zero in Bloomington and 23 below in Champaign.

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