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A railroad viaduct along Skokie Highway was flooded by heavy rains on Monday, leaving a long line of trucks stranded for several hours as they waited for the water to drain enough to pass. (Credit: CBS)

Monday’s Storms Leave Homes And Roads Flooded

Heavy rainfall from a series of thunderstorms that moved through the Chicago area on Monday and early Tuesday left several roads impassable, and many basements flooded, especially in the northern suburbs, where the rain was heaviest.

05/13/2014

Clouds hang ominously over The Loop Friday as storms barrel into the region. (Art Cunningham)

Severe Thunderstorms Knock Out Power For Thousands In Suburbs

After the storms swept through the area, nearly 9,000 ComEd customers in the west, southwest and south suburbs were left without power, according to ComEd. The majority of outages were reported near Harvey in Blue Island, where more than 6,300 customers were without power Sunday night.

05/11/2014

A tornado that hit LaSalle County Illinois. (Credit: Twitter)

Study Might Explain Why Trailer Parks Seem To Be Tornado Magnets

Researchers looked at 60 years worth of climatological data from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, and found tornadoes touch down most often in “transition zones” – areas where a dramatic change in landscape takes place.

04/23/2014

Snow in Naperville (Ken Blazer)

Late Snowfall Leaves Roads A Mess; Temperatures Just Shy Of Record

Monday night’s snowfall dropped 1.4 inches at O’Hare International Airport, pushing the seasonal total to 82 inches, just shy of the 2nd most seasonal snowfall for Chicago – when 82.3 inches fell in the winter of 1977-78.

04/15/2014

Snow Shoveling

Snow Tonight, Yes, Snow Tonight In Chicago Area

Here is the latest guidance from the National Weather Service: It will snow tonight.

04/14/2014

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Brief Return Of Snow Could Make For Messy Afternoon Commute

Snowfall beginning Monday afternoon could snarl the evening commute and drop up to an inch of snow, following a weekend of rollercoaster weather for Chicagoans.

04/14/2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compiled a slideshow of images from its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, showing the progression of winter storms and snow coverage from Jan. 1 to March 24, 2014, when much of the country was enduring a brutal winter. (Credit: NOAA/GOES)

Brutal Winter Seen From Space

Even from miles above the Earth’s surface, it was clear this winter was one of the most severe we’ve ever experienced, and not just for Chicago.

03/28/2014

Courtney Franko sent this photo of a snow-encrusted CTA bus stop on her morning commute. (Credit: Courtney Franko)

Snow Totals – March 12, 2014

This winter officially became the 3rd snowiest on record for Chicago on Wednesday, when 3.6 inches fell at O’Hare International Airport, bringing the season’s total to 79.1 inches.

03/12/2014

A City of Chicago snow plow clears streets early Wednesday, as a late winter storm dumps more than 5 inches of snow in parts of the city. (Credit: CBS)

Late Winter Storm Makes This 3rd Snowiest Winter Ever For Chicago

This winter moved up another notch on the list of snowiest winters in Chicago overnight, when more than 3 inches fell at O’Hare International Airport, making the total snowfall this winter the third most on record.

03/12/2014

Satellite image of ice coverage on the Great Lakes on March 6, 2014, when surface ice levels were at 92.19 percent. (Credit: NOAA)

Lake Michigan Ice Breaks Record; Great Lakes Hit 2nd Highest Level

Lake Michigan set a new record for ice coverage over the weekend, when ice levels reached 93.29 percent.

03/11/2014

Felix Santos clears snow from a sidewalk in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on January 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Heavy Snow Expected Tonight; Season Could Become 2nd Snowiest Ever

Old Man Winter isn’t quite done with Chicago yet. More than half a foot of snow could fall in the city Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

03/11/2014

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)

Meet The Man Who Coined The Word ‘Chiberia’

Who came up with the word Chiberia?

03/06/2014

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Believe It Or Not: Normal Temperatures Coming Soon

A warmup is on the way to Chicago, with temperatures likely to reach the 40s for three of the next five days.

03/06/2014

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New Snowfall Could Make This Winter 3rd Snowiest Ever

Flurries began falling early Wednesday, making streets slick, and covering sidewalks with a light dusting of snow for the morning commute.

03/05/2014

Air Raid Siren

State Conducting Tornado Drill Today

Tornado sirens will sound all across Illinois on Tuesday, as part of a statewide drill taking place in all 102 counties.

03/04/2014

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

Chicago Extreme Cold

Arctic Air Returns Tonight

We’re getting as sick of saying it as you are of hearing it this winter, but temperatures will dip below zero tonight, at least the 21st time that’s happened this winter.

02/25/2014

A woman struggles with her umbrella amid strong winds in Chicago on Thursday. (Credit: CBS)

High Winds Persist; Flood Risk Continues For Some Rivers

High winds have subsided a bit since Thursday’s storm, when four tornadoes might have touched down in central Illinois, but dangerous winds will persist through the afternoon, and gusts of up to 45 mph are likely on Friday.

02/21/2014

With some streets already covered in large puddles of water from melting snow and ice, Thursday's rain could cause more serious flooding, and water could seep into basements. (Credit: CBS)

Flood Watch Continues, But Chicago Area Might Have ‘Dodged A Bullet For Now’

Though an areal flood watch remains in effect until mid-afternoon for virtually all of northern Illinois, at least one official who monitors water levels in local rivers and streams said there’s less risk than feared, thanks to less rain than originally forecast.

02/20/2014

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Snow Totals — Feb. 17, 2014

This winter officially became the 5th snowiest on record for Chicago on Monday, when 5 inches fell at O’Hare International Airport, bringing the season’s total to 67.9 inches. Here are snowfall totals for the city, suburbs, and northwest Indiana, according to the National Weather Service.

02/18/2014

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