When 51-year-old John Connors came home Thursday night, he found a mess of debris and chunks of ice all over his floor, and a hole in the ceiling of his apartment in the 4600 block of North Francisco Avenue.
Another signal that spring is approaching – the thawing of Chicago skyscrapers means ice falling downtown.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports one person after another, even a woman with a baby, crossed the street without realizing the potential danger as big chucks of ice and snow were falling from the top of the CTA station on to the crosswalk at Van Buren and Federal.
Efforts to conserve energy at high-rises by using highly insulated windows have led to an increase in falling ice, because ice and snow more easily stick to the cold exteriors of newer skyscrapers.
Metra anticipates normal rush hours Friday, while service on Amtrak to Detroit, St. Louis, Quincy and Carbondale remains on a reduced schedule. However, neither will rule out delays blamed on switching problems.
Streets around two of Chicago’s tallest buildings remained closed to traffic Tuesday evening, due to concerns about falling ice.
An off-duty Chicago Fire Department paramedic was hurt by ice that fell from a building in downtown Chicago near the Loop.
The weather continues to be as big of a story in Dallas as the game that will be played on Sunday. Snow, cold weather and now falling ice have led some to question Dallas’ worth as a Super Bowl city.