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Snow threatens to tangle morning commute

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

More than a dozen salt piles across Chicago are prepared to fill the city's 284 salt trucks should several inches of snow fall overnight.

"We're not excited about it at all. We both are warm weather people so this is the most prepared I am, just having on a heavy coat and that's it and blasting the heat because we're not into cold weather at all. No, we're both Chicago natives but we still hate it," said Brett Jeffries.

Brett Jeffries heard about the winter weather advisory and decided to stock up, just in case.

"We're going right now to get some food, some comfort food and stay inside until we absolutely have to, prepare ourselves, until we absolutely have to go outside," said Jeffries.

Up to five inches of snow could fall on the city's roadways and the surrounding north and west suburbs by Monday morning. There was mixed reaction to the winter weather advisory in effect.

"I live Downtown. I drive to get gas and groceries so no worries," said Bill Kelly.

"I guess I'll go get some salt for the house and a snow brush for the car, that's about it," said Luc Lalanne.

The heaviest snowfall is expected before 9:00am.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications and the Department of Streets and Sanitation say they are prepared to clear snow and ice from Chicago's 4100 miles of roadway, starting with Lake Shore Drive. For some Chicagoans, this winter season is still a far cry from this time two years ago when the city and surrounding neighborhoods were buried in snowfall during the Blizzard of 2011.

"It took me about six hours to get home which I only live in Cal City so that's about a 20 minute drive and it took me about 5-6 hours… 3-5 inches, as long as, it's not a couple of feet, I can deal with it," said Brian Allton.

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