City of Chicago officials today provided an update on the City’s response to the extremely cold temperatures that arrived in Chicago overnight, bringing snowfall and blowing snow along with it. A coordinated citywide response continues to focus on keeping residents – especially seniors and people with disabilities – safe and warm during the extreme cold temperatures.
"Commissioner Williams and I met with Mayor Emanuel this morning to discuss the City's ongoing preparations and response to the frigid weather here in the Snow Command, and we will continue to coordinate the City's response to help keep our residents safe,” said Gary Schenkel, Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
“We remind residents to take precautions and to call 311 and we will connect you to City services and resources for assistance.”
Temperatures tonight and tomorrow will be very cold, with the wind-chill factor dropping temperatures to the negative teens. Snow accumulation at Midway Airport has totaled 7.2 inches as a result of last night's snowfall, and there is a 50 percent chance that more snow may be on the way during the day tomorrow.
Now that the snow has stopped and main routes are clear, the entire snow plow fleet of over 280 vehicles and 26 smaller four-wheel drive vehicles are deployed to side and residential streets. Plows will focus on salting and plowing residential streets to ensure roads are passable, and motorists can safely access main routes.
Safety is the City’s top priority, and motorists are urged to be patient when driving during inclement weather, to be cautious and drive according to the conditions.
To view the snow fleet in real time visit www.chicagoshovels.org. For additional updates on snow removal efforts, follow the Department on Twitter @Streetsandsan.
Multiple departments and agencies are working to provide a constant assessment of the situation across the city to ensure the safety of residents as Chicago continues to feel the impact of the extremely cold temperatures and snow accumulation. These efforts include:
Due to winter weather conditions in the Midwest, travelers are encouraged to confirm the status of their flight with their airlines throughout prior to heading to airport.
The CTA is providing normal weekday service today, and trains and buses are running on every route. CTA recommends that customers get up-to-date bus and train arrival information via the CTA’s website -- www.transitchicago.com, on Twitter @CTA, sign up for Bus and Train Tracker text/email alerts or access Bus and Train Tracker via mobile phones and at rail stations and bus stops.
As can be expected during inclement weather, call volume has increased with the frigid temperatures. Residents are asked to be patient when calling 311, especially during peak call times during the day.