- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Good news for holiday travelers: Above-freezing temperatures around Illinois look set to ward off much of the snow that had been forecast, as a powerful storm pushes through the Midwest.

In an update early Wednesday, the National Weather Service says the storm system is expected to track farther east than originally thought and the threat of heavy snow for the Chicago area has diminished.

Any precipitation is likely to be rain. A change-over to snow is still possible this afternoon in some places, mainly in areas southeast of Chicago along the Indiana state line and in far western Illinois.

Several inches of wet snow are possible.

The wintry mix could still make for hazardous conditions on roads. The Weather Service warns motorists to be especially careful when approaching bridges.

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