Winter Weather

Flight status boards at O'Hare International Airport. (Credit: CBS)

East Coast Blizzard Stranding Many Travelers At O’Hare, Midway

Thousands of flights across the country have been cancelled because of the storm, including hundreds of flights in Chicago, leaving many people spending the night at the airport.

01/27/2015

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Snow To Return This Weekend

Though Friday and Saturday’s weather look pleasant and mild for this time of year, snow likely will start falling early Sunday morning.

01/23/2015

Metra trains sit in a rail yard in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Metra Complaints Down Dramatically From Last Winter

A year ago, it seemed everyone who rode Metra was complaining about lousy service in the teeth of a bitterly cold and snowy winter. While there are still complaints this winter, they are far fewer than this time a year ago, when each day seemed to bring new emergencies.

01/23/2015

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Elderly Hazel Crest Man Is Season’s 15th Cold Death In Cook County

Arthur Smith was discovered in his garage in the 17300 block of Emerson in Hazel Crest during a well-being check, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

01/20/2015

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30 Years Ago Today: Chicago Sets Record For Cold At -27°F

If you were in Chicago 30 years ago today, there’s a good chance you were either hiding under your blankets, or bundled up in more layers of clothing than Randy from “A Christmas Story.”

01/20/2015

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Chicago Snowfall So Far Less Than A Third Of Last Winter’s Total

Halfway through the winter, snowfall totals and cold temperatures hardly compare to Chicago’s brutal winter of 2014, though temperatures have been slightly below normal, forecasters say.

01/19/2015

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Snow Totals–January 12, 2014

The following are snow totals for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana from Sunday night into Monday morning. National Weather Service measurements are usually taken at 7 a.m. NORTHERN ILLINOIS SNOWFALL LOCATION (COUNTY): INCHES ELBURN (KANE) […]

01/12/2015

Ice fishermen had already set up a shanty on the ice at Diversey Harbor on Jan. 9, 2015, even though at least one other fisherman said the ice was not thick enough to venture far onto the frozen surface of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Fishermen Already Testing Ice On Lake Michigan

Ice fishermen have returned to some Chicago harbors, even though it might be a little early to be standing on the not-so-thick ice.

01/09/2015

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CPS Students Back At School After Two Days Off For Cold

Though it was slightly warmer than Wednesday and Thursday when schools were closed for extreme cold, the official temperature in Chicago was no warmer than 4 degrees when most students would have been heading to school Friday morning.

01/09/2015

Commuters try to stay warm as they wait for a train on an L platform during the early morning rush while temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit on January 7, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Most of the city's schools were cancelled as wind chills dropped to as low as 30 below zero. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Schools Closed For Cold Or Snow? Never In Anchorage, Alaska

While hundreds of Chicago area schools closed at least once week because of bitter cold temperatures and wind chills, there is at least one city in North America that never does under those conditions.

01/09/2015

As Temperatures Rise, Frozen Pipes Could Begin To Leak

Chicago’s very cold weather brings problems, like frozen pipes, but higher temperatures forecast for next week could bring even worse problems: messy leaks.

01/09/2015

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Wilmette School Superintendent Sorry About Closing Schools For Cold Weather

A north suburban school superintendent apologized to parents Thursday, after cancelling classes due to the cold weather, after he had second thoughts about his decision.

01/08/2015

With most Chicago area school districts canceling classes Thursday due to the cold weather, many parents took their kids to local YMCA's for their "School's Out" program while parents went to work. (Credit: CBS)

Second Day Of School Closings Has Parents Scrambling For Alternatives

Frigid temperatures brought another day off for most students in the Chicago area, leaving parents rushing to find daycare or other activities for their children.

01/08/2015

Temperatures Drop Near Zero Degrees In Chicago

Brutal Cold Presents Real Threat Of Frostbite Or Hypothermia

If you don’t take seriously the deep freeze blanketing the Chicago area the past couple days, you do so at your own peril. Frostbite and hypothermia are real threats in this weather.

01/08/2015

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Subzero Temps To Give Way To Fresh Snow Thursday Afternoon

While the mercury should rise back above zero late Thursday morning, and subzero temperatures shouldn’t return until Saturday, Thursday afternoon will bring a return of snow.

01/08/2015

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City Fielding 30 Complaints A Day About Insufficient Heat

A top city official said inspectors have been forced to take emergency action to help some tenants get adequate heat in their buildings during this week’s cold snap.

01/08/2015

Pedestrians use Chicago's little-known "Pedway," a system of tunnels. (CBS)

Pedway Offers Warm Shortcuts To Avoid Cold Downtown

For those of us who had to come to work, the key to staying warm can be a few shortcuts, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

01/07/2015

Commuters make their way to work as temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit during the morning rush on January 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dangerously Cold Weather Grips Chicago Area

A frigid blast of Arctic air has plunged wind chills so low, it has made it dangerous to go outside for an extended period of time.

01/07/2015

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Schools Balance Pros And Cons Of Closing For Winter Weather

When it snows — as it did Monday night and Tuesday morning — and when temperatures are expected to be brutally cold, school administrators across the Chicago area have a big decision to make: whether to call off school.

01/06/2015

Metra trains sit in a rail yard in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

CEO Confident Metra Will Avoid Last Winter’s Weather Delays

After a solid performance in its first major winter weather test on Tuesday, Metra’s top official said the commuter rail agency has been spending what it takes to keep the system running as smoothly as possible during the bitter cold.

01/06/2015

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