CHICAGO (WLS) –
A big winter storm threw several inches of snow over the Chicago area on Monday, disrupting morning commuter traffic.
In the northern suburbs near Chicago, higher snow totals were registered in the Wisconsin Border. McHenry got 8 inches of snow, 7 inches of snow fell in Gurne, 6 inches of snow fell in Algonquin and 5 inches of snow fell in Arlington Heights and Fox Lake. In the western suburbs Romeoville got 4.9 inches of snow and Aurora 5 inches of snow.
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In the city, O & # 39; Hare had received 3.1 inches of snow and Midway 2.9 inches of snow. In the southern suburbs, Oak Lawn received 4 inches of snow and Homewood 3 inches of snow.
A Winter Weather Council is in place for the Chicago area, including Boone, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall Lake, McHenry, Ogle and Will County in Illinois and Lake and Porter County in Indiana. The advisory expires at 1
The snow began to fall on Sunday evening and moderate snow continued until about 9 o'clock. Snow is expected to continue in the afternoon, and the wind will also produce blowing and drooping snow, impairing visibility.
The snow made messy commute through the area on Monday. The ABC7 Stormtracker checked conditions on Lake Shore Drive Monday morning, where the road was snow-covered, as well as the outbound Eisenhower Expressway.
Chicago's Street and Sanitation Department uses 287 snowmobiles to clear the city's streets. It focuses on the city's main streets and Lake Shore Drive before turning into the back roads when the snow stops.
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Some travel times increased to one hour and forty minutes to downtown Kennedy. In the city, the salt trucks had difficulty keeping up, as the snow continued to fall. Commuters were forced to slow it down.
"I was very slow like 5 or 10 miles per hour," commuter Tyreece Woods said. "Both hands on the wheel make sure you know what I'm saying, just being careful."
"Commuting was rougher than usual," said commuter Lee Clark. "Trying to put my child into day care took over an hour, usually 20 minutes."
According to CTA, under these conditions, track-switching heaters are turned on to prevent them from freezing and to constantly move the trains.
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The city buses are equipped with engine heaters for quick commissioning and keeping commuters warm.  The Illinois Tollway reminds drivers who need help of the help of Star 9-9-9 drivers.
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Stranded motorists should turn their emergency lights on and stay in their vehicles until the arrival of the aid.
In snow and extreme cold, Tollway recommends that you fully charge your mobile phone before departure. Make sure the tires are inflated properly -up and AC keep old weather protection kit in your car with items like torch, blanket and flashlight.
The blizzard has caused significant problems at Chicago airports. From 11:30 am O & M; Hare reports average delays of 64 minutes and 816 flight cancellations and Midway reports reported average delays of less than 15 minutes and 225 flight cancellations.
Sunday, the Chicago Public Schools said the conditions were closely monitored, but this school would be in session on Monday. Meanwhile, several schools in the entire region have canceled. For a complete list, click here.
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There were many new forces in the city that covered the city's streets and highways.
"It's rough, slippery and uncomfortable, I hope it stops," Commuter Cheryl West said. "I had to get up two hours earlier to reach 95th place.
" In this weather I would not want to drive at all. This is not the weather where I would even suggest that people bring their kids. Angela Wilson, resident of Chicago.
With many schools closed throughout Chicagoland, the CPS remained open in the city and in town.
"It's ridiculous they did not break CPS today," said Wilson snow back when I grew up, we stayed home, did not go to school, we had classes that had canceled as good things as I liked, these kids do not have the same enjoyment. "
The snow conditions did not prevent the transport service of the Palatine Township region from beating the streets.
"We need to pick her up," said Tracy Sypura, driver of Palatine Township Pace, "No ifs and buts, this is a life-threatening situation."
Rosemary Monsen, 84, relies on this ride. She has to get to her dialysis appointment no matter what the conditions are.
"I can not come here, I can not do it."
The transport system is just one way in which the Palatinate community helps its residents when the winter weather comes.
"We strive to remain open, we have services for the individual of crucial importance," said Anna Chychula, Deputy Administrator of the Palatine community, "we have a pantry on Monday."
The Palatinate helps the city Population replenishing supplies to make sure they have everything they need at home Record breaking cold packs in
"The need is there and we're here to satisfy that need," said Food Pantry employee Glenn Grosch.
The expected high of Wednesday is well below zero, and with wind cold it feels as much as 50 degrees lower, it may be the second coldest day in Chicago's history.
The record for the coldest day in Chicago was December 24, 1983, with an average temperature of -18 degrees, recorded in O & # 39; Hare. Wednesday could be as cold as -15.5 or -16, making it the second or third coldest day in Chicago's recorded history.
Coldest Days in Chicago History:
1. December 24, 1983: -18
January 2, 1994: -16
January 3, 1985: -15.5
January 4, 1982: -15.0
December 23, 1983: -13.5
January 6, 1966: -13.0
January 7, 1972: -13.0
January 8, 1963: – 12.5
February 9, 1996: -12.0
A Wind Chill Watch will come into effect at 18:00. Tuesday to noon on Thursday.
Dozens of warming accommodations throughout the city and across Cook County have been opened as additional security. Officials say everyone should limit their outdoor exposure in the next few days.
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