Chicago weather: New Years snowstorm causes problems on area roads

CHICAGO (WLS) – The Chicago area begins the new year with a winter storm that brought up to 5 inches of snow in some spots, destroying roads.

At 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, more than 4 inches of snow had fallen in the city, the National Weather Service said.

In the north, Woodstock had the highest total – 5.4 inches.

In response to the storm, the Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department said it was deploying around 300 plows. The salt spreaders will focus on treating ice and snow along the city’s arteries and Lake Shore Drive, the department said in a statement.

Just before 8 a.m., the plows moved to clear the residential streets. Chicagoans can visit to see which streets are cleared of snow.

But the streets are still slippery in some areas.

The Chicago Fire Department shared some safety tips on its Twitter for those shoveling snow. They recommend that you do not eat large meals or drink alcohol before shoveling. They also said that it is best to use a small shovel, as lifting heavy snow can increase blood pressure.

Also know the dangers of hypothermia, as well as the signs of a heart attack. Be sure to see a doctor if you have any health problem.

Several crashes took place as the snow fell, and a cold front made the roads even more slippery for drivers.

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A driver lost control on an exit ramp in the northern suburb of Gurnee, heading from Interstate 94 westbound to Belvidere Road.

A mother and three children were fine, but had to wait three hours for a tow truck.

“I hope it doesn’t get worse in the meantime,” added Ben Clay, who was traveling to Wheaton. “Do it a bit slowly. Leave some distance between the guy in front of you. “

Flights were also disrupted. By 6 a.m. on Sunday, O’Hare had over 500 cancellations and Midway had 60.

And parts of the lakeside are closed due to snow and high waves. The Lakefront Trail is closed from Oak Street to Ohio Street and from Fullerton Avenue to North Avenue. Access to the Chicago Avenue Underpass is also closed.

“I was like, let me run and as soon as I looked out the window I said maybe not,” Chicagoan Rob Robinson said.

The start of 2022 brought snow and ice, blanketing the city as drivers tried to reach their destinations with little concern.

“It’s pretty windy, but as long as you’re prepared and have layers it’s not too bad,” said Kendall Junger, a fellow Chicagoan.

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Much of the snow had fallen by 6 a.m. on Sunday, but a lakefront band of snow hit the town and parts of Lake County, Illinois, Cook County and even the is DuPage County.

“I miss it. I love having all four seasons so it’s nice to kind of feel like the holidays have finally started even though they are coming to an end,” Junger said.

Winds will remain gusty as temperatures drop into the teenage years, so expect the roads to remain in poor condition.

Between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, the lakefront snow band will move to northwest Indiana before moving to southwest Michigan in the afternoon.

the Chicago area saw first measurable snowfall of the season Tuesday after one of the longest snow droughts in the city’s history.

Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.

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