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Frozen Pipe Complaints Skyrocket Amid Frigid Winter

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.

02/27/2014

A pedestrian bundles up against the frigid conditions downtown on Wednesday, when temperatures were about 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. (Credit: CBS)

Return Of Bitter Cold Leaves Chicagoans Doubtful Of Timely Spring Weather

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.

02/26/2014

A red admiral butterfly sits on a blossom and collects nectar. (Photo credit: PETER FOERSTER/AFP/GettyImages)

All The Snow This Winter Could Mean A Boon Of Butterflies In Spring

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.

02/25/2014

Satellite image of ice and snow cover on Lake Michigan on Feb. 11, 2014. (Credit: National Weather Service)

Nearly 90 Percent Of Great Lakes Covered In Ice

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.

02/14/2014

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

Metra Boss Faces Lawmakers’ Questions About Winter Delays

State lawmakers put the new head of Metra on the hot seat Monday over frequent weather delays during the record cold this winter.

02/10/2014

With temperatures hovering around -10 degrees steam rises from Lake Michigan January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Deep Freeze Déjà Vu: Chicago Nearing Record For Days Below Zero

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.

02/10/2014

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Pest Control House Calls Spike As Rats Seek Refuge From Extreme Cold

The rats are coming — poking their twitchy little noses underneath porches, beneath doors, even inside airport hangars.

02/03/2014

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Brutal January Weather Taking A Toll On Blood Donations

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.

01/31/2014

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Chicago Water Mains Holding Up During Cold Snap

Chicago water mains have been doing fine in the subzero weather, but the temperatures have been tough on the fire hydrants.

01/29/2014

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Classes To Resume Wednesday For Chicago Public Schools

After two days off for the extreme cold, classes will resume Wednesday for all Chicago Public Schools.

01/28/2014

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Power Grid Operator Asks People To Reduce Electricity Use

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.

01/28/2014

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Chicago Temps Back Above Zero, For Now

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.

01/28/2014

Ice surrounds the boat docks in the harbor 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)

Doctors: Winter Can Be Depressing, But Rarely Seriously

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.

01/28/2014

Tracy Cherry, 46, is accused of leaving her pit bull outside in extremely cold weather for as long as 12 hours, starting Jan. 5. The pit bull died of hypothermia. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Sheriff: Woman Left Dog To Die Out In Cold

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.

01/27/2014

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CPS Cancels Classes Again For Tuesday Due To Intense Cold

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.

01/27/2014

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)

Chiberia Part 2: Deep Freeze To Last Through Wednesday

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.

01/27/2014

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Bitter Cold To Last Through Tomorrow

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from 9 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday.

01/22/2014

Near whiteout conditions from heavy snow led to a traffic standstill on Interstate 80/94 in northwest Indiana on Tuesday. Indiana State Police advised drivers to avoid the area, if possible. (Credit: Indiana State Police)

Here We Go Again; Snow, Bitter Cold Return

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.

01/21/2014

Buses from Illinois Central School Bus sit idle in the parking lot. The bus company, which serves  Niles-Park Ridge District 64, was unable to provide enough school buses for school on Wednesday, due to the extreme cold, and a shortage of drivers. (Credit: CBS)

Many Local Schools Left Without School Buses Due To Cold

Some school bus companies had problems getting their vehicles running Wednesday morning, after more than two weeks of sitting idle, often in subzero temperatures.

01/08/2014

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Slow Warming Trend Continues; Schools, Travel Getting Back To Normal

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.

01/08/2014

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