When fronts collide: Rain, snow, sleet all possible today

A collision of cold and warm air could bring a mix of rain, sleet and snow to the Chicago area late this morning and early this afternoon.

"It's going to be kind of a windy, mixed up day. There could be a little bit of rain, sleet, snow ... It's just a matter of seeing which one wins out," National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Lenning said.

The agency issued a special weather outlook Tuesday morning that said that an "intense snow band" snow was "quickly" moving across the northern part of the state, with some areas in Du Page County and northwest Cook County already experiencing snow. About an inch of snow will fall quickly, the agency said, with reduced visibility making travel hazardous. The snow is expected to hit Chicago after 10 a.m.

The precipitation should last only a few hours and by 2 or 3 p.m., strong winds will move into the area. Gusts over 40 mph are possible, according to Gino Izzi, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

If any precipitation sticks - it's possible especially in grassy areas - it won't be more than an inch, the meteorologists said.

"We're not expecting any kind of significant accumulation here today," Lenning said.

Temperatures are expected to slowly fall this afternoon from a high in the mid 30s. There could be some flurries this evening, Izzi said. | Twitter: @ChicagoBreaking

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