Winter Weather

Frigid air over the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan combined to create swirling fog and mist on the lake early Tuesday. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Frigid Air Brings Swirling Fog To Lakefront

Tuesday morning’s frigid weather created something of a spectacle along the lakefront. The bitter cold air over the relatively warm water of the lake created fog that swirled in the wind.

11/18/2014

An Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow sits idle in a state garage ahead of the winter season. (Credit: CBS)

Officials: State Road Crews Ready For Winter Weather

David James, a private meteorologist who provides forecasts for IDOT, said he doesn’t expect this winter’s snowfall to be as bad as last winter.

11/17/2014

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NWS Expects Chilly Monday With Light Snow Showers This Week

Be wary, Chicago. Any snow that falls Sunday is not expected to accumulate much, but the National Weather Service said to prepare for a chilly Monday.

11/16/2014

A City of Chicago snow plow pushes the slush off the road. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Emanuel: City Prepared For Winter

The snow in the forecast is minimal, but Mayor Emanuel wants Chicagoans to know that the city is prepared for winter.

11/15/2014

Metra commuter train makes it way along the tracks. (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Rail Officials Warn Drivers To Use Extra Caution In Winter

Union Pacific said drivers need to be even more careful when road conditions are snowy and slick, because it takes a 100-car train going 60 miles an hour up to a mile and a half to come to a complete stop, so by the time a train engineer spots your car on the tracks with the train bearing down, it’s too late.

11/12/2014

A digger pours salt into a waiting truck for use on roads in winter. (Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

After Wicked Winter, Road Salt Prices Nearly Double

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another winter of colder temperatures and heavier snowfall than normal; and, accurate or not, after last year’s brutal winter, keeping road salt stocked is proving to be an expensive effort.

09/02/2014

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Doctors Expecting Boom Of “Polar Vortex Babies”

Obstetricians and hospitals across Illinois were expecting a bit of a baby boom in the next couple months, all thanks to the infamous polar vortex this past winter.

08/12/2014

Harsh winter weather killed most of the bushes at Water Tower Park. City officials plan to replace them after finishing a capital improvement project underground. (Credit: Steve Miller/CBS)

Harsh Winter Killed Bushes At Water Tower Park

If you’ve been out along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile lately, you might have noticed that the bushes in the city’s most historic park are more brown than green.

07/18/2014

The 606 trail and park

Opening Delayed For The 606 Trail Due To Brutal Winter

A much-anticipated new park and bike trail from Humboldt Park to Wicker Park won’t be completed until next year, after the bitter winter weather hampered construction efforts.

06/20/2014

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Chicago’s Average Gas Price Climbs Above $4 Per Gallon

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com said lingering effects of the harsh winter were to blame for the recent spike in gas prices.

04/07/2014

Road Salt

Cook County Loaned Out More Than 1,400 Tons Of Salt During Brutal Winter

The county loaned out 1,339 tons, about 2.8 percent of its salt supply this winter, according to Frank Shuftan, spokesman for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

03/31/2014

Wendella tour boat "Lila" floats along the Chicago River on Friday, for its maiden voyage of 2014, two weeks later than normal due to the harsh winter. (Credit: CBS)

Two Weeks Late, Wendella Boat Tours Cruising River Again

The Windy City’s aquatic sign of spring, Wendella tour boats and water taxis, finally made it down the Chicago River for the first time this year, stalled for two weeks by thick ice in the harbor at Dolton.

03/28/2014

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

Commuters wait on a snow-covered platform for an L train in the Wicker Park neighborhood on February 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. About six inches of snow fell on the city overnight marking the 34th day of measurable snow this season, well above the 18-day average. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Harsh Winter Takes A Toll On CTA, Pace Budgets

The polar vortex has blown a hole in the CTA and Pace budgets, but neither agency is pushing the panic button yet.

03/17/2014

Soccer balls sit on a snowy field. (File Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Long Winter Putting A Damper On Start Of Spring Sports

As if there weren’t enough of a reason to be upset with this long, brutal winter; the continuing cold weather has proved a big downer for kids looking forward to the start of spring sports like baseball, softball, track and field, lacrosse, tennis, and soccer.

03/13/2014

Officials at Homewood-Flossmoor High School brought in a generator to keep the refrigerators and freezers running, and keep food from spoiling, after a winter storm knocked out power on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

Another Snow Day For Many Schools, Thanks To Power Outages

More than 1,000 students from Orland Junior High School and High Point Elementary School were among those getting an extra snow day on Wednesday.

03/12/2014

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

A Downers Grove resident shovels his stairs on March 6, 2013, the morning after a winter storm dropped 9.5 inches of snow on the suburb. (Credit: CBS)

Calculate How Many Pounds Of Snow You Shoveled

Chicago Tribune reporter Matthew Walberg did some math and came up with a simple formula.

03/10/2014

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Harsh Winter Weather A Mixed Blessing When It Comes To Allergies

The frigid, snowy winter might help delay allergy season this spring, but mold and pollen problems could be worse than usual once allergy season is underway.

03/10/2014

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