Chicago Climate Forecast: After a number of inches of snow accumulation from the winter storm, deep frost will transfer throughout the realm
CHICAGO (WLS) — Bitterly cold temperatures descended on the Chicago area on Friday after a winter snowstorm.
Across the city and downtown, people are preparing for cold temperatures on Friday, with some shoveling the snow that came Thursday night.
Friday morning wind chills reached as low as -40 and sub-zero air temperatures in some areas. The cold weather is expected to persist with winds remaining well below zero throughout the day.
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The snow moved on Thursday and affected the Chicago area until the evening hours. Now we are left with strong winds and bitter cold.
Hundreds of flight cancellations at O’Hare, Midway airports again on Friday with brutal cold weather
Some suburbs saw several inches of snow accumulation on Friday.
Streator: 2.5 inches
Romeoville: 2.5 inches
Elmhurst: 2.3 inches
Peotone: 2.3 inches
St. Charles 2 inches
Downtown: 2 inches
The brutal cold has many dangers, any skin that is visible in the air can get frostbite very quickly.
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Winter weather also poses problems for Chicago airports during the busy holiday travel season.
Meanwhile, many are still trying to run those last-minute errands before Christmas and are having a hard time getting around.
In Hyde Park, Quentin Kimbrough wore multiple layers, including heated thermals, as he worked outside clearing the snow.
“If you have skin that’s visible to air, you’re going to get frostbite pretty quickly. If you’re not layering, you’re going to feel every bit of that wind,” he said. “I would say don’t go out. I would call that too windy for the city.”
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The weather continues to create dangerous conditions on Chicago area roads with ice and blowing snow.
IDOT spokeswoman Maria Castaneda said while most of the snow has been cleared from expressways, freezing temperatures are reducing the effectiveness of road salt. Castaneda also said motorists should be concerned about black ice on bridges and overpasses.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Glen Fifield said the roads there had very poor visibility with dozens of accidents overnight.
Chicago law requires residential buildings to have an indoor temperature of at least 68 degrees from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m
In the other hours the minimum is 66 degrees. Landlords and building owners face fines.
Call 311 to report insufficient heat. For more information, see: www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/chicago-heat-ordinance.html.
ComEd prepares for power outages
ComEd said it was able to quickly help people during power outages.
ComEd customers can text 26633 (COMED) to report an outage and receive recovery information, as well as follow ComEd on Twitter or Facebook. Customers can also call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), report outages through the website at ComEd.com/report, or use the ComEd app.
Stay tuned to ABC7 Eyewitness News and ABC7Chicago.com for the latest forecasts and snowfall amounts as the winter storm approaches.
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