Cold Weather

Director of operations Ted Birren talks with CBS 2's Mike Parker. (CBS)

Rolling Meadows Students Forced Outside During Fire Alarm

An experiment in the science lab went awry Thursday afternoon, triggering a smoke alarm. That caused the evacuation of some 2,000 students and staff out of warm classrooms.


John Moloznik at Fleet Feet says it is all about the stitching. (Credit: CBS)

New Clothing Technology Makes It Easier To Stay Warm

When it comes to dressing for the cold, we’ve come a long way from long johns and turtle necks.


The Hesed House In Aurora will be open around the clock the next few days due to the bitter cold.  (Credit: Steve Miller)

Shelters Gear Up To Protect Homeless From Cold

Cold weather is forcing an Aurora homeless shelter to stay open around the clock, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.


Frigid air over the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan combined to create swirling fog and mist on the lake early Tuesday. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Frigid Air Brings Swirling Fog To Lakefront

Tuesday morning’s frigid weather created something of a spectacle along the lakefront. The bitter cold air over the relatively warm water of the lake created fog that swirled in the wind.


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Cold Snap To Linger Until The Weekend

The Chicago area has a frigid week ahead, with temperatures not expected to climb out of the 20s until Saturday, except a brief chance of flirting with 30 on Wednesday.


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Is It The Polar Vortex? Who Cares? It’s Going To Get Cold

Keep your hat and scarf handy. You might not need them this morning, but you’ll be thankful you have them this afternoon and tonight, as temperatures are expected to drop as much as 25 degrees by Wednesday morning.


Typhoon Nuri To Bring Frigid Weather To Chicago Next Week

Remnants of Super Typhoon Nuri were moving off the Japanese coast, and expected to reach Alaska’s western Aleutian Islands over the weekend. Next week, the storm will bring bitter cold weather to the Chicago area.


Steam rises from the Chicago River as temperatures drop below zero January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The city is bracing for another round of severe cold as temperatures are expected to drop to -15 to -20 degrees this evening and wind chills are anticipated as low as -25 to -45 degrees through Wednesday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Weather Grounds 480 Flights As Heavy Snowfall Hits Chicago

Airlines at O’Hare International Airport have canceled 350 flights due to winter weather conditions, while 100 flights were canceled at Midway International Airport as of 8:15 a.m., the city’s Department of Aviation said.


Best Soup In Chicago

In Cold Weather, A Great Offer On Soup For Elderly

Finally, something good associated with the brutally low temperatures.


Ice covers the shore at 31st Street Beach as temperatures drop below zero January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The city is bracing for another round of severe cold as temperatures are expected to drop to -15 to -20 degrees this evening and wind chills are anticipated as low as -25 to -45 degrees through Wednesday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Coping Strategies For Dealing With Vortex Of Cold

It’s been a constant cycle for weeks, and the constant snow and brutal cold is beginning to take it’s toll on our psyche.


A sun dog appears over Lemont on Monday. (Credit: Anthony Alvarez)

The Reason We Saw A Few Extra Suns In The Sky

The sun did not have little babies overnight.


Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Metra Rail Partner: Service Meltdown Won’t Happen Again

Both the Union Pacific and Metra stressed that Friday’s meeting was meant to explain — not justify — what happened earlier this month. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.


Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Deep Freeze: Here’s A Positive, We Are No Longer Negative

Here’s a positive about living in Chiberia during a polar vortex.


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Suburban Ski Resort Takes Advantage Of Snow, Cold

While many of us were cursing the weather last week, a west suburban ski resort was making good use out of the cold snap.


Pedestrians brave the cold weather as they make their way down the street during the start of a severe cold snap Wednesday night. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

With Subzero Temps Gone, Weather Will Be A Bit Less Brutal

First came the snow, then the bitter cold. Temperatures dipped to 3 below zero overnight at O’Hare, with wind chills of 15 below.


Tens of thousands came to Des Plaines this week to honor the Virgin Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. (CBS)

Cold Not Stopping Our Lady Of Guadalupe Celebration

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakely reports this is the 25th year for this celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Maryville Academy Shrine in Des Plaines and this one may be the coldest yet.


A Chicago snow plow patrols city streets early Wednesday, when a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 4 inches of flakes on Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Snow Gives Way To A Deep Freeze

The snow might be over, after dumping up to 3 inches of flakes on the Chicago area early Wednesday, but residents are still bracing for the second blast of subzero temperatures in three days.


Cold Weather Bitter Bundled Up Winter Temperatures

The Most Effective Gear To Stay Warm In Bone Chilling Cold

With wind chills well below zero, the best advice is to simply stay indoors. However, that’s obviously not always possible.


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Find A Chicago Warming Center

With frigid temperatures in Chicago likely to stick around for the rest of the week, the city of Chicago has plenty of options for residents to keep warm.


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Earliest Subzero Temps Since ’95; More Bitter Cold And Snow Coming

Chicagoans were hit with the coldest December temperatures in nearly 20 years on Tuesday, and the Wednesday morning commute could be a challenge as the area will get hit with more snow.