|Visitors to the Maggie Daley Park skating ribbon bundle up for the chill in the air on Jan. 2. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)|
January 4, 2015 - CHICAGO, UNITED STATES - A winter blast has come to the Chicagoland area as rain is turning into snow.
The snow began to fall around 5 a.m. Sunday, and the city has deployed its full snow plow fleet of over 280 snow plows and salt spreaders.
They are focusing on larger city streets and Lake Shore Drive to make them safe for drivers and emergency vehicles. To track the progress of the snow plows, visit the city of Chicago Plow Tracker.
Temperatures are expected to fall below zero Sunday and a Wind Chill Advisory goes into effect at midnight until noon on Monday. For information on warming centers, visit the city of Chicago website.
A Winter Storm Watch will go into effect at 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, with that storm potentially dropping 2-6 inches of snow on the Chicago area.
WATCH: Winter Blast Hits Chicago.
Law enforcement says the slick roads may have played a factor in a chain-reaction crash on the inbound Edens Expressway, snarling traffic for a time and sending emergency responders to the scene. Two people were hurt in the six-car crash.
Law enforcement often reminds motorists especially early in the winter season to slow down. Also, give yourself plenty of distance between your car … And the car in front of you.
There are no reports of major delays at O’Hare or Midway. - CBS Chicago.
Snow, bitter cold may cause polar vortex deja vu
|As a polar vortex moved in, Chicago experienced record lows on Jan. 6, 2014. | Jessica Koscielniak / Sun-Times, file|
Snow up to your shins. It’s what Chicagoans should prepare for.
Up to 3 inches of snow is expected to fall by Sunday afternoon and another 6 inches could fall Monday night.
And this week will be cold. Bitterly cold.
“We’re in for a pretty good dose of winter weather here,” National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Bardou said.
It will feel like a throwback to last year’s polar vortex as temperatures across the Chicago area steadily creep to below zero by midweek, Bardou said.
Winds up to 35 mph will accompany the mercury drop, creating wind chills of minus 30 or lower, Bardou said.
Wednesday will be the coldest day of the week with an expected high of zero.
A slight warmup will begin Thursday that will see temperatures climb into the teens and possibly the 20s by Saturday, Bardou said.
Sunday’s snow left flecks of white on the Bean at Millennium Park.
Black bears, wolves, a snow leopard and an Amur Tiger — all cold weather natives — roamed there snowy enclaves at the the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Cross-country skiers bided their time, needing another inch or two of snow before hitting the lakefront Sunday afternoon. But hundreds of the city’s hardiest of runners, undeterred by the slushy ground, hit the lakefront path.
Before Sunday, only 2.9 inches of snow had fallen this winter over one day in October and five days in November. - Sun Times.