Updated 02/02/11 – 6:40 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re waiting for your block to be plowed so you can get your car out, you’ll likely have to be patient for a while.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Chicago’s full fleet of 274 snow-fighting trucks were still focusing on plowing the main routes and Lake Shore Drive, along with 100 garbage trucks equipped with quick-hitch plows, according to Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne.

But as the plows push on, crews must deal with bitter cold temperatures and severe blowing and drifting snow after the last round of heavy snow passes on.

Side streets will be plowed, but they are the second priority, Byrne said.

Meanwhile, Lake Shore Drive remains closed, as crews tow the cars that were abandoned by motorists overnight.

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