Snow, Frigid Temps Persist All Week
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Updated 12/09/13 – 2:30 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) – Following Sunday’s snowfall, temperatures are expected to plummet to levels not seen this early in December in years, CBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros reports.
On Monday night, temperatures could fall into the single digits in the suburbs, with wind chills well below zero. Tuesday will be more of the same, and it will get even colder on Wednesday night–with temps in some locations hovering near or even below zero.
More snow could be on the way, too. Another 1 or 2 inches could fall on Wednesday.
Highs could reach 30 degrees by Friday or Saturday. The average high for this month is 37.
The record low for Dec. 11–the day when temps will the the coldest this week–is five below zero set in 1972.
If you were headed to the airport Monday, more than 100 flights had been cancelled at O’Hare International Airport due to the weather.
About three inches of snow fell at O’Hare on Sunday, prompting airlines to cancel about 150 flights on Sunday. Though the snow has stopped for now, another 100 flights had been canceled as of 7:30 a.m. Monday because of problems with ice, with temperatures at about 20 degrees.
The city already hit its high temperature for the day before dawn, when the mercury was at 23 degrees. Temperatures were expected to drop to the teens by Monday afternoon, and as low as the single digits before the day is over — with wind chills below zero.
Minor delays were being reported at both O’Hare and Midway International Airport early Monday, though no flights have been canceled at Midway as of 7:30 a.m.
Some very frustrated passengers were stuck on their planes for hours on Sunday, as arriving flights waited for gates to open up, because of departing flights delayed by weather.
Dr. Herb Allen flew in from Omaha.
“I think the airports need to deal with these weather issues, and be a little more responsible in terms of how they deal with planes coming in and going out,” he said. “There ought to be something that an airport like Chicago O’Hare can do to protect airline passengers from arriving, and having nowhere to go.”
Michael Lorge flew in from New York, and said the pilot and crew on his plane were very helpful, but he thinks O’Hare could do a better job.
“The problem is the airport is not giving any information, and the information they’re giving appears to be incorrect,” he said.
On Sunday, the city dispatched 287 snow-fighting trucks to clear Lake Shore Drive and the city’s main streets. By Monday morning, the trucks had begun plowing and salting side streets.
More than a dozen crashes were reported on local expressways overnight, including one that shut down part of I-55 early Monday morning. None of the crashes resulted in deaths or serious injuries.