A tear drops from the eye of DePaul University student Sam Henning as she is hit by a stiff breeze on West Wacker Drive. Tears protest eyes from drying out in cold, windy weather. (John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune /February 19, 2013)
Between and inch-and-a-half and two-and-a-half inches of snow has fallen across much of the Chicago region, though the snow is expected to turn to freezing drizzle in the next couple hours.
Meteorologists have scaled back their predictions on snow fall totals from the storm, though.
Illinois State Police described conditions as "horrible" and have responded to about 15 crashes already.
State Police are in a "snow plan" and aren't responding to accidents without injuries - those are supposed to be reported later.
"It will be tapering off from the south in the next couple hours, possibly some freezing drizzle across whole area," said Mark Ratzer, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. "We may end up coming in a little less."
The city of Chicago has sent 199 plows to work clearing main thoroughfares, according to the streets and sanitation department.
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