A wind chill warning has been issued for parts of the area with Chicago’s weather forecast calling for extremely cold temperatures

A wind chill warning has been issued for parts of the area with Chicago’s weather forecast calling for extremely cold temperatures

CHICAGO (WLS) — Light but blowing snow continued to fall in the Chicago area Saturday morning as temperatures dropped and strong winds gusted.

Another round of snow is expected to move into the area Saturday night, said Greg Dutra, a meteorologist at ABC7 in Chicago. Up to 1 inch of snow is possible.

Winds will continue to pick up and wind chills will continue to fall Saturday night. Air temperatures will be -5 to -10 degrees with wind chills even colder.

Looking ahead, temperatures are expected to reach -30 degrees below zero this week, prompting the National Weather Service to issue wind chill advisories and advisories for much of the Chicago area between Sunday and Wednesday.

a Winter weather warning This measure applies to Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Southern Will and Winnebago counties as well as Lake County, Indiana from 6pm Saturday until 3pm. Sunday morning.

a Wind chill warning It will be in effect in Illinois counties Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Will and Winnebago counties from midnight Sunday until noon Sunday.

a Wind chill warning It will be in effect in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will, Winnebago and Lake and Porter counties in northwest Indiana from noon Sunday until 9 a.m. Wednesday in Illinois. The advisory will be in effect in Benton, Jasper and Newton counties in Indiana until noon Monday.

Here’s your three-day forecast:

Sunday: AccuWeather Alert: Very cold with chills from -15 to -25 degrees. High: 3, Low: -9

Monday: AccuWeather Alert: Very cold with wind chills between -20 to -30 degrees. High: -1, Low: -9

Tuesday: AccuWeather Alert: Very cold with wind chills between -20 to -30 degrees. High: 0, Low: -4

Temperatures dropped into the mid-20s in Chicago on Saturday, making untreated surfaces slippery and creating areas of potential black ice.

Temperatures continue to drop late Saturday afternoon and evening, making for a very cold night with lows between 1 and 5 degrees.

Warming centers open as temperatures drop

Chicago opens warming centers this weekend. The six centers are open when temperatures reach 32 degrees.

Chicago activated its warming centers through Wednesday.

Centers open when temperatures are 32 degrees. It is available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Warming centers include Inspiration Corporation at 4554 N Broadway #207, La Casa Norte at 1736 W. 47th Street, Lincoln Park Community Services at 1521 N Sedwick St, Matthew House at 3722 S Indiana, and Broadway Youth Center at 1023 W. Irving Park. Way and Covenant House at 2934 W. Lake Street.

The Harold Washington Library has opened its basement as a 24/7 warming center through January 17 for anyone in need. At least 66 new migrants have been transferred there and are awaiting placement in permanent shelter.

The Garfield Center at 10 S. Kedzie is open 24 hours to help families find emergency shelter. Chicago Department of Family Services Support Services has also expanded outreach teams to encourage unhoused residents to seek out shelter or heating options while they conduct welfare checks.

Here are links to lists of warming centers in other Chicago area counties:

Warming centers in

It will be open 24/7 through Wednesday.

Gary, Indiana, said it also opened warming centers, including the Calumet Township Multi-Purpose Facility, Ambridge Man Community Center, Brother’s Keeper, Restoration House Shelter for Men and Serenity House.

Chicago residents are bracing for the extreme cold

Temperatures began to drop into the double digits on Saturday, making it miserable for some, but not for Abigail Jacob, who enjoyed the ice rink in Millennium Park.

“Winter is really beautiful. This is my first time ice skating,” Jacob said.

Some embraced the season.

“Why the cold? It’s for skating. Whenever you get an opportunity, you have to take it,” said snowboarder Moises Alvarez Garza.

But there are still warnings that the cold could be dangerous.

As temperatures dropped below zero, city officials encouraged the public to take precautions and avoid staying outside for long periods of time. Veterinarian Dr. Farren Deland says this applies to pets as well, warning that they are exposed to melting ice and road salt.

“Salt is painful, so if they walk on it and it stabs their feet, it’s really uncomfortable, and then they can get injured that way, and they can tear the pads of their feet that way, too,” DeLand said. .

Meteorologists say wind chills are expected to reach between -15 to -30 degrees this week, along with strong winds.

“Some ice melting, shovels, stuff to the car, cleaning the car to make sure we’re in good shape,” Chicago resident Jason Breed said.

Pride and his wife, Merity, have been stocking up for their first winter in Chicago, and hardware stores, like the ACE store on Maple Street, are busy.

“One of the things that people have a big appetite for is making sure they’re prepared as soon as the temperature drops,” said Mark Molinaro of ACE Hardware.

Those like street vendor Darrion Jones, who chose to brave the harsh weather, expect it to be harsh.

He’s hoping warm weather gear and some positive thoughts will help him stay warm and safe.

“As you can see, I’ve got my snow pants on. I’ve got my gloves, hand warmers, three coats and a jacket on. I’m going to get warm. I’m going to try to do this,” Jones said.

Snow causes travel delays until Saturday

This comes after snow and wet rain hit the Chicago area earlier this week, causing travel delays and dangerous road conditions.

At about 2 p.m. Friday, there was 4.4 inches of snow at O’Hare Airport, making Friday the heaviest single-day snowfall in nearly two years, ABC7 Chicago meteorologist Larry Morey said.

The last time this amount of snow fell was on February 2, 2022, Mori said.

Timelapse: A snowstorm leaves Chicago’s roads covered

The ABC7 Storm Tracker shows how quickly the winter storm covered Chicago’s roads in snow Friday morning.

Most areas far from the lake saw 3 to 6 inches, with higher amounts in some isolated areas.

The winter storm led to a complete shutdown at O’Hare Airport on Friday due to snow and ice. The ground station was lifted at 8 am

About 860 flights were canceled at O’Hare Friday, and about 281 flights were canceled at Midway.

So far, 212 flights have been canceled at O’Hare, plus 20 more at Midway.

Friday’s storm caused a power outage

Power outages affected Skokie businesses Friday, as wet snow brought down power lines.

Thousands were cut off from electricity on Friday due to heavy snow falling on power lines.

As of about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, ComEd said nearly 2,000 people were without power.

Anyone dealing with a power outage should text “OUT” to 266-33.

At least 34 Chicago public schools were without power at some point Friday. The district has canceled after-school and out-of-school activities on Friday and Saturday.

Some sporting events have also been canceled for Monday. As crews work to restore power over the weekend before the expected extreme cold snap begins, CPS’s CEO admitted Monday’s activities are still a question mark.

“Even though it’s a holiday, we have MLK activities, we have sports activities. We will make these decisions as soon as possible this weekend because our fear is, when we look to Monday, we are now looking at wind, cold, we are looking at “Temperatures, this may create other challenges for us.”

In the far northern suburbs, snow fell all day Friday and Saturday night.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said many major roads there were partially or mostly covered in snow. Local roads are likely to be in worse condition.

Deerfield residents were digging Saturday morning after the mid-January winter blast blanketed neighborhoods in snow.

Watch: Heavy snowfall in Deerfield

Heavy snow could be seen in Deerfield Saturday morning as a wintry weather system continues to move through the area.

“I love the snow,” said Gina Andreasen, who used the shovel. “I was so happy, so happy.”

Neighbors wasted no time on Saturday, making the most of the morning sun to open driveways and sidewalks.

“We’re not in bad shape,” said Gary Katz, who used a snowblower to clear his driveway. “There’s no wind now, so it’s easy to get out.”

The roar of snow removal machines filled the neighborhood streets. Snow removal on Saturday was easier than on Friday, Katz said.

“It’s very tender today,” Katz said. “Right now, it’s snowing quite far. Yesterday it was wet.”

Neighbors wasted no time on Saturday, making the most of the morning sun to open driveways and sidewalks.

For others, like Andrew Baines, the best idea was to grab a shovel as soon as the sun came up to beat the frigid temperatures.

“It’s really not that big of a deal,” Baines said. “We were expecting about 14 inches and this is like 2.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation said roads in Lake County were among the hardest hit.

“The goal here today was to get all of this out before it got too cold, because I don’t want to deal with it when it’s frozen,” Baines said.

Ross Bianek and his fourth-grader worked as a team to clear Deerfield Road, hoping for more snow.

“We’re doing very well,” Bianke said. “We’re shoveling snow. I was a little disappointed yesterday because we didn’t have more snow, but it seems like it’s pretty easy.”

With another round of severe winter weather accompanied by sub-zero wind chills, Ross and others in Deerfield are trying to make sure the snow clears before it freezes.

We are from Chicago. “We’re not worried about that,” Bianke said. “We’re just keeping moving forward, you know?”

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