News Release
City Services

December 8, 2013

Oemc Urges Residents To Exercise Caution Due To Very Cold Weather Expected Over The Weekend And Into Next Week

Tips for Residents to Ensure Safety, Warming Center Information as Temps Drop and Bears Fans Encouraged to Take Extra Precautions to Keep Warm During Monday Night Home Game

OEMC News Affairs     312.771.5592

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) cautions residents to be mindful when heading out into the cold weather over the weekend and into next week as temperatures are expected to hit single digits and drop below zero degrees for the first time this winter.

The City of Chicago works with the National Weather Service (NWS) to monitor the weather on an on-going basis to prepare for extreme weather as early as possible should it occur. According to NWS, the city is predicted to experience the following temperatures over the next five days:


 Daytime: A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 29. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Evening: Night Snow likely before midnight, then a chance of snow and freezing drizzle. Cloudy, with a low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


 Daytime: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

 Evening: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

 **For the Bears kick-off time, weather at Soldier Field is expected to be about 16-degrees; with northwest winds from 12 to 24 mph. Additionally, snow showers may develop late Monday night or early Tuesday.


 Daytime: Mostly sunny, with a high near 24. Breezy.

 Evening: Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 11. Breezy.


 Daytime: Partly sunny, with a high near 19. Wednesday.

 Evening: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

 As always, the City urges residents to prepare for cold temperatures and snowy conditions throughout the winter by taking steps, such preparing emergency kits for residences and vehicles and stocking up on necessities. In addition, the City urges residents to be prepared for the blustery weather ahead by taking the following tips:

  •   Act now to make sure pipes in your home are properly insulated and not exposed to freezing air. This includes pipes in garages and unheated areas of the home. If your pipes do freeze, do not use candles or any open flame to thaw them. Use a hair dryer or heating pad. 
  • The Chicago Heat Ordinance mandates that landlords supply heat to rental units during cold weather months. From September 15 to June 1, the temperature inside a rental residence must be at least 68 degrees during the day. During the evening, the temperatures must be at least 66 degrees. The Department of Buildings encourages residents to first contact their landlords when these temperatures are not maintained and to call 3-1-1 if no action is being taken.
  • With the added demand on furnaces and boilers, the Chicago Fire Department also reminds residents that they are required by ordinance to have working carbon monoxide detectors to protect against carbon monoxide leaks from a heating system that could be fatal over time.

 Additionally, residents who may be without heat can head to any of the six Community Service Centers operated by the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), which are located throughout the city that double as warming centers on weekdays during the winter months when temperatures fall below 32 degrees. Hours for Community Service Centers are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Garfield Community Service Center, located at 10 South Kedzie, is open on a 24-hour basis to connect residents to emergency shelters.

 Those seeking a warm place to go on weekends, holidays, or after hours should call 3-1-1 to be directed to available City facilities.  Seniors or individuals with limited mobility may call 3-1-1 to request a ride to any of the centers. And individuals requiring emergency overnight shelter should also call 3-1-1.

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