5:06 PM CST, February 5, 2013
A fast-moving storm dumped as much as 1-1/2 inches of snow on parts of the Chicago area this afternoon, but had largely moved on before 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service had predicted snowfalls of an inch or two, falling as quickly as an inch or more an hour. In McHenry County, a weather spotter reported 1-1/2 inches falling between noon and 2:45 p.m., according to the weather service. But many parts of the Chicago area reported less than half an incho of snow.
This morning, State Police responded to a high number of spinouts, including several in the inbound express lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway 43rd Street around 5:30 a.m. Officials closed the express lanes so a transportation crew could spread salt.
This afternoon's snow led to some accidents, but no great rash of them.
Temperatures today are expected to hover in the 30s. Snow or rain is expected to return Thursday morning.
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