Chicago (WLS) — Bitter cold weather hit the Chicago area Friday following a winter blizzard.
Across the city and downtown on Friday, people were bracing for frigid temperatures, with some shoveling snow that fell Thursday night.
Friday morning’s wind chill was as low as -40 degrees in some areas, with temperatures below zero. The cold is expected to continue, with wind chill well below zero throughout the day.
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The snow started to move on Thursday, dropping the Chicago area into the early evening. Now all we have left is high winds and biting cold.
Hundreds of flights canceled again Friday at O’Hare and Midway airports due to severe cold
Several inches of snow were seen in some suburbs on Friday.
Speaker: 2.5 inches
Romeoville: 2.5 inches
Elmhurst: 2.3 inches
Peotones: 2.3 inches
British stone.Charles 2 inches
Downtown: 2 inches
With severe cold comes many dangers, and any skin that is visible in the air can get frostbite very quickly.
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Winter weather also poses problems for Chicago’s airports during the busy holiday travel season.
Meanwhile, many are still struggling to get last-minute errands done before Christmas and are finding it difficult to get around.
In Hyde Park, Quentin Kimbrough wore layers of clothing, including a heater, as he cleared snow outside.
“If your skin is exposed to the air, it can frostbite very quickly. If you’re not layered, you feel every bit of the wind,” he said. “I would say don’t go out. I would describe it as too windy to be in the city.”
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The weather is still creating dangerous conditions on Chicago-area roads, with icing and blowing snow.
Dangerously cold and blowing snow have been causing problems on roads in the southern suburbs.
“It’s funny and sometimes scary,” said Mary Botros, who was driving from Ohio to Chicago. “There’s one spot where it’s very slippery and you can be sure it’s going to get a little bit dangerous. We’ve seen some trucks have skidded.”
“It’s not doing any good to add salt at that point, so it’s a losing battle,” said Steven MacArthur, who was driving from Indianapolis to Milwaukee. “You really have to be careful.”
In northwest Indiana, Indiana Sheriff Glen Fifield said lanes of I-65 were blocked at the I-94 interchange because trucks were unable to clear the ramp.
Fifield said roads there were poor in visibility and there were dozens of crashes overnight.
IDOT spokeswoman Maria Castaneda said that while most of the snow on the highway has been cleared, freezing temperatures will reduce the effectiveness of road salt. Castaneda also said drivers should be concerned about black ice on bridges and overpasses.
Metra runs a Saturday schedule on Fridays. Cold temperatures forced Metra to reduce the maximum speed of trains, causing some delays.
Chicago law requires residential buildings to have an indoor temperature of at least 68 degrees from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The lowest temperature at other times is 66 degrees. Landlords and property owners could face fines.
Call 311 to report a calorie deficit. For more information, visit: www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/chicago-heat-ordinance.html.
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ComEd said it was able to quickly help people during a power outage.
ComEd customers can text 26633 (COMED) to report an outage and receive recovery information, and follow ComEd on Twitter or Facebook. Customers may also report incidents by calling 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), at ComEd.com/report, or using the ComEd app.
Stay tuned to ABC7 Eyewitness News and ABC7Chicago.com for the latest forecast and snowfall figures as the winter storm approaches.
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