Chicago prepares for major winter storm

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CHICAGO -- Streets and Sanitation crews are out across the city of Chicago dealing with the snow that began falling around midday.

Right now the city has 210 trucks out.

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams says they are planning to go to "phase three" around 2:30 this afternoon. That means at least 300 plows and truck will be out on the streets.

Williams is urging drivers to be cautious, plan for extra travel time, and be aware of those trucks and snow plows working to clear the streets.

The city also reminds everyone to shovel the sidewalks and corners in front of their homes and businesses.

For the latest weather updates, go to Chicago Weather Center