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Ice Trees Are Everywhere As Freezing Rain Covers Chicago In A Slick Blanket

The rain produced a layer of ice on everything from our street signs to our trees, but don't get distracted by the beauty. Experts say the ice can be dangerous.

Monday night's freezing rain produced a layer of ice on any surface that was below freezing.
Kelly Bauer/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicagoans woke up to a city covered in ice Tuesday morning.

Monday night’s freezing rain, which lasted from about 6 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, produced a layer of ice on everything from our street signs to our trees.

It’s what happens when rain drops that are either near freezing or below freezing come in contact with surfaces that are below freezing.

Many posted photos of ice-covered trees, bridges and signs to social media, but experts warn not to get too distracted by the beauty — the ice can be dangerous.

The ice has made for slick roads and sidewalks. Plus, icy branches and power lines could fall as the wind picks up Tuesday afternoon, according to Scott Lincoln with the National Weather Service.

Already some of the ice is beginning to melt, and that should only continue as the day goes on, according to Lincoln.

The forecast for Tuesday calls for a drizzle and scattered snow showers, but no more freezing rain, according to Lincoln.

Check out some photos below:

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