12/31/2013 12:37 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Chicago Snow: New Year's Eve, Day Expected To Be Cold, Snowy

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2014 has gotten off to a snowy start in Chicago.

Through 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, 3 inches of snow had already fallen at O'Hare International Airport and 1.6 inches was recorded at Midway, according to the Chicago Weather Center.

Even more snow was recorded in the northern suburbs, including 5.5 inches in Round Lake and 5 inches in Wauconda, the Chicago Tribune reports.

And the snow is not expected to stop there. A winter weather advisory has been extended to 6 p.m. Wednesday as up to another 6 inches of snow are expected to fall in some parts of the Chicago area, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Earlier, snow was forecast to continue through New Year's Day into Thursday and a total of between three and six inches could fall, according to CBS Chicago.

The stormy forecast, accompanied with the bitter cold, means the roads will be icy, visibility low and taxis were in even higher demand on New Year's Eve, ABC Chicago notes. In order to encourage revelers to avoid drinking and driving, the CTA again partnered with Miller Lite to offer penny rides on buses and trains from 10 p.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. New Year's Day.

Officials are urging drivers to keep emergency kits, blankets and cables in their vehicles, according to NBC Chicago.

Meanwhile, Monday's 13-degree high temperature was not only the coldest day on the books so far this season in Chicago -- but it was also colder than all but one day all last winter in the city, the Chicago Weather Center reports. The high on New Year's Day is expected to reach the lower 20s, according to the Sun-Times.



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