Chicagoans Friday coped with a snow-covered rush-hour, the first significant layer of white stuff this winter, triggering numerous traffic accidents.
Snow, part of a storm expected to hit much of the Midwest, began falling at 4:45 a.m. Friday, ending a 335-day streak without significant accumulation, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Police said conditions are slick in Chicago and more than a dozen accidents had occurred by 6 a.m. as drivers tried to remember how to cope.
The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed 200 plow trucks to clear streets and apply salt to the roads.
The National Weather Service said extremely cold conditions will persist across the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast this weekend.
As a result of the recent cold weather, most of the snow that is expected to fall will not melt on paved surfaces, and Accuweather.com said there will be enough snow in the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic to cause slippery conditions.
Farther south, Georgia and the Carolinas are likely to get freezing rain, or a mixture of snow, ice and rain, Accuweather.com said.
School districts in Tennessee and Georgia called off classes and flights inbound to Tennessee are being canceled due to the weather. The Washington Post said federal offices in the District of Columbia will remain open.
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