Water Department crews have been working around the clock in Chicago to keep up with frozen and broken water lines, thanks to a brutal winter that has kept complaints flowing, if little else.
It has been 50 years since temperatures were this cold this late in the season in Chicago, but here we go again – temperatures near zero for what many Chicagoans are hoping will be the last time this winter.
This winter might have been tough on Chicagoans who had to shovel all that snow, but it’s shaping up as good news for the butterfly population.
It’s been so bitterly cold for so long in the Upper Midwest that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice. The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94 percent of the lakes’ surface was frozen.
State lawmakers put the new head of Metra on the hot seat Monday over frequent weather delays during the record cold this winter.
With temperatures plunging below zero again overnight, Chicagoans were starting another work week in frigid conditions, and the city was approaching the record for number of days of subzero cold.
The rats are coming — poking their twitchy little noses underneath porches, beneath doors, even inside airport hangars.
The heavy snow and bitter cold this winter have put a major strain on supplies at Chicagoland blood banks, as donations have dropped precipitously because of cancelled blood drives and missed appointments.
Chicago water mains have been doing fine in the subzero weather, but the temperatures have been tough on the fire hydrants.
After two days off for the extreme cold, classes will resume Wednesday for all Chicago Public Schools.
As frigid conditions tighten their grip on Chicago and much of the rest of the country, PJM Interconnection – which operates the transmission grid for ComEd and many other power companies – said people are cranking up electric heaters and thermostats.
After nearly 33 hours of temperatures below zero, Chicago got a (very) small measure of relief Tuesday afternoon, when the mercury inched back above zero.
If you feel like being cooped up inside because of the cold weather is making you a little nutty, you’re not alone; but experts say the cold rarely poses a serious psychological problem.
A 46-year-old woman has been arrested on animal cruelty charges, after allegedly leaving her pit bull outside in extremely cold weather earlier this month.
For the second day in a row, Chicago Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday due to the extreme cold. The closure includes CPS sports and after-school programs.
Temperatures more suited for the North Pole are returning to the Chicago area, and will leave the region in a deep freeze for the next 2 ½ days, similar to the arctic blast we endured three weeks ago.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from 9 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday.
A lake effect snow warning remains in effect for Lake County in northwest Indiana, until noon. Heavy snowfall in the area has led to a traffic standstill on I-80/94.
Some school bus companies had problems getting their vehicles running Wednesday morning, after more than two weeks of sitting idle, often in subzero temperatures.
Sorry kids, winter break is over. It’s back to class for hundreds thousands of students at public and private schools throughout the area – including the Chicago Public Schools.