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Weather officials warn of snowy New Year's Eve

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 4:30 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Parts of northern Illinois could get up to eight inches of snow overnight through Wednesday afternoon and authorities are warning that New Year's Eve travel could be treacherous.

In central Illinois, light snow is expected on New Year's Day, which could make roads slick.

Gov. Pat Quinn took to Twitter to urge Illinois residents in snowy regions to drive with extreme caution.

National Weather Service forecasters say anyone venturing out on New Year's Eve should wear layers and have a place to warm up because temperatures are dropping and wind could make it feel like it's below zero,

Organizers have canceled the annual New Year's Day canoe trip on the north branch of the Chicago River because parts of the river are freezing over, raising safety concerns.

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