- Tuesday February 1st, 2011 :: 10:30 p.m. CST
The City of Chicago continues to track the path of the winter storm bearing down on the area. Check link for Closures
The City of Chicago continues to track the path of the winter storm bearing down on the area.
The forecast from the National Weather Service remains the same in terms of the timing of the storm and the dangerous weather conditions expected to accompany the storm.
Snow accumulation at O’Hare Airport is about 4 inches and winds are NE 37 miles per hour, gusting to 53 mph.
We continue to anticipate heavy snow, blowing snow, freezing fog and windy conditions this evening.
The Emergency Operations Center has been activated. The Emergency Operations Center is staffed with representatives from all key city departments, and will remain open as long as necessary.
As of 10 p.m. the current situation is as follows:
• Both directions of Lake Shore Drive are temporarily closed due to traffic conditions and multiple accidents. Traffic is being cleared in both directions. Streets and Sanitation crews will take this opportunity to plow and clear the surface. The goal is to potentially reopen the drive later tonight.
• The City is aware that some motorists and buses on Lake Shore Drive have become stuck, and part of the reason it has been shut down is so these cars can be cleared and we can ensure no more motorists get stuck. OEMC has received some 911 calls from these motorists, and Police, Streets and Sanitation, and Fire are on the scene to help get those motorists off the road. Motorists who are stuck should stay in their cars and wait for assistance.
• Higgins Road is shut down west of Patton Drive.
Trains and CTA
• Delays continue on Metra as much as up to 2 hours on various lines due to switch problems and weather conditions.
• CTA red, yellow, and purple lines are experiencing some delays, but other lines are running on time. Some CTA buses are also experiencing delays and/or have become stuck due to road conditions.
• Delays continue on the interstates and highways, and although travel times have improved, the road conditions are snow and ice covered, with ramps especially icy.
• Due to the severe winter storm currently moving through the Chicago area, airlines at O’Hare and Midway International Airports canceled numerous flights. Despite the high number of cancellations, both O*Hare and Midway have been, and continue, to remain open.
• At O’Hare, airlines canceled more than 1,300 flights for the day. Most of the airlines at O’Hare have indicated they will have limited or no flight
• At Midway, airlines canceled flight operations for Tuesday. Some airlines expect to resume operations tomorrow afternoon, with the majority of flights expected to resume Wednesday evening.
• Travelers are advised to check their airlines’ Web site for flight status
before going to the airports.
• Passengers with flights still scheduled to depart over the next few days are encouraged to arrive at the airports at least two hours before flight time.
• The next airport update will be recorded and issued at or shortly after 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.
• Garfield and Lincoln Park Conservatories, Navy Pier and McCormick Place will be closed on Wednesday, February 2.
Chicago Police Department - Headquarters
3510 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
Ronald Gaines Jr