CPS monitoring weather, to say Sunday whether Chicago schools will be open Monday

BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter

January 25, 2014 8:02PM

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Updated: February 27, 2014 7:00AM

Chicago Public Schools officials are monitoring weather conditions and will determine Sunday whether schools will be closed Monday because of subzero temperatures that are forecast.

“The safety of students and families is among the district’s top priorities,” CPS spokesman Joel Hood said Saturday.

The low temperature in Chicago Monday is predicted to be minus-3 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Mott said. The high is expected to be minus-1, he said.

The wind chill is predicted to be as low as 26-below.

Earlier this month, when the region was blasted by subzero temperatures and deep snow, CPS initially said in advance that schools would remain open, then changed plans and ordered them closed.

On Sunday, more than 160 flights had been proactively cancelled at O’Hare International Airport as of 7:45 a.m. due to snowy conditions, according to the city’s Department of Aviation. At least 70 flights have been cancelled at Midway Airport.

Before snowfall stops Sunday, between 2 and 5 inches will have fallen across most Chicago area counties, according to the National Weather Service.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed 200 snow plows and salt spreaders this morning to clean up main routes in the city, according to department spokeswoman Molly Poppe.

Wind gusts of up to 40 mph this evening could make for “near-blizzard conditions” at times, the weather service said.

On Saturday, Amtrak said it’s canceling some trains for the Lincoln, Hiawatha and Wolverine Service trains, along with some Illinois Zephyr & Carl Sandburg Trains and Saluki & Illini Trains because of the weather.

A Chicago Transit Authority spokesman said Saturday the CTA is expecting to operate as normal on Monday, though Brian Steele added, “Conditions will determine the actual service.”

Metra said Friday it will make “every reasonable effort to provide a timely and comfortable commute” on Monday but that trains will likely be delayed.

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