Snow plows were out in force, hundreds of flights have been cancelled at the city’s airports, and many area schools were closed on Tuesday, amid a storm that could drop up to 10 inches of snow.
Snow continued to blanket the Chicago region Friday morning, making driving conditions more hazardous for commuters, officials said.
The Chicago area could get as much as an inch of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service. The snow could reduce visibility to under a mile at times.
It’s going to get progressively worse on Chicago area roads this afternoon and evening as the winter’s first snowstorm moves through, but the Illinois Department of Transportation said it’s ready to keep highways as clear as possible.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports one northwest suburb was using some new techniques to help drivers stay safe on the roads.
If you’re wondering when the city is going to clear away the snow that’s piling up on your street, stare out the window no more.
There hasn’t been much snow on Illinois roads this winter, but the state has a whole lot of snow plows and has been paying hundreds of seasonal plow drivers thousands of dollars a month.
There’s no way to deny winter now – the air is frigid, and snow is on the ground. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicagoans to pitch in and prepare.
City officials want Chicagoans to know they are ready for snow, even if the snow isn’t yet ready to fall.
A Chicago Streets and Sanitation garbage truck driver suffered a heart attack Saturday after his vehicle became stuck in alley snow and he tried to dig it out, according to an eyewitness.
Many Chicago residents were venting their frustration Friday with the pace of the city’s efforts to clear the streets of snow.
City officials said Friday that its snow plows were still “working as hard as they can” to clear the city’s side streets, but said that plows would not be sent to clear the city’s alleys.
Mayor Richard M. Daley on Thursday praised the efforts of city workers in digging out from this week’s blizzard, but said “we still have a long way to go.”
With main roads now clear and passable throughout Chicago, snow plows are working to clear the buildup from the blizzard from side streets.
Northwest suburban Elgin is pulling some of its snow plows off the roads late Tuesday, saying via the city’s Facebook page that white out conditions are “simply too dangerous:”