Snow, cold make for slick Monday morning commute to work
BY Leeann Shelton AND Matt McKinney Staff Reporters December 8, 2013 12:06PM
Updated: January 10, 2014 6:26AM
The Chicago area woke to slick roadways and snowy sidewalks Monday, just before temperatures plunge into subzero wind chills later this week, weather forecasters say.
A snowstorm that blew through the area Sunday tapered early Monday, but not before dropping 1 to 3 inches of snow.
Light freezing drizzle is expected to leave roadways slick into the morning rush hour as the temperatures dip to the low 20s, the weather service said.
The drizzle will cause “just enough of a nuisance to make it a little slippery out there,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Jamie Enderlen said.
The city dispatched 202 of its 287 trucks to plow and salt the streets on Sunday and will be keeping an eye out through Monday morning, said Molly Poppe, spokeswoman for the Department of Streets and Sanitation.
Football fans better be prepared to square off with old man winter Monday night. The wind chill could drop to as low as 10 below zero in some areas, the weather service said.
Temperatures could be as low as 16 degrees with 12 to 24 mph winds at Soldier Field when the Bears and Dallas Cowboys meet at 7 p.m., the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications said.
Sunday’s snowfall began in the morning and continued through the evening, with the northern suburbs and southern Wisconsin seeing some of the biggest accumulation.
Woodstock and Downers Grove each saw 3 inches of snow, and Beach Park Gurnee each logged 4 inches.
In the city, 3 inches fell at O’Hare Airport and 2.2 inches at Midway Airports, where some passengers were waiting out delays because of the weather. More than 100 flights were canceled by early Monday.
The snow triggered numerous spinouts and at least 25 crashes on Cook County expressways, eight of which left people injured, Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Jim Harris said.
Across the Wisconsin border, snow contributed Sunday to at least two fatal accidents and numerous other pileups that injured dozens of people in the southern part of the state.
The Milwaukee County sheriff’s office described conditions on the interstates as “extremely slippery and dangerous,” with multiple pileups, including a fatal rollover on Interstate 43.
In Racine County just to the south, the sheriff’s office said one man was killed in a crash on I-94.
To the west, all southbound lanes on I-39 near Janesville were blocked by multiple crashes for nearly two hours before reopening. Accidents led to full or partial closures on several other highways.