Thursday, June 30 2022
CHICAGO (WLS) – The Chicago area is starting the new year off with a winter storm that brought more than 5 inches of snow to some spots, creating a mess on the roads.

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

To 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 about 300 plows. Salt spreaders will focus on battling ice and snow along city arteries and Lake Shore Drive, the department said in a statement.

Just before 8 a.m., the plows moved on to cleaning residential streets. Chicagoans can visit chicagoshovels.org to see which streets are plowed.

But the streets are still slippery in some areas.

The Chicago Fire Department shared some safety tips on its Twitter for those who shovel snow. They recommend not eating large meals or drinking alcohol before shoveling. They also said it’s best to use a small shovel because lifting heavy snow can raise blood pressure.

Also, know the dangers of hypothermia, as well as the signs of a heart attack. Be sure to consult a doctor if you have a medical condition.

Several accidents 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 westbound from Interstate 94 toward Belvidere Road.

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

“Hopefully it doesn’t get worse in the meantime,” added Ben Clay, who was on his way to Wheaton. “Take it a little slow. Leave some distance between the guy in front of you.”

Flights were also halted. By 6 a.m. Sunday, O’Hare had more than 500 cancellations and Midway had 60.

And some parts of the lakeside are closed due to snow and high waves. The Lakefront Trail is closed at Oak Street to Ohio Street and 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 get to their destination without worry.

“It’s very windy, but as long as you’re ready and wearing layers, it’s not that bad,” said fellow Chicagoan Kendall Junger.

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Much of the snow had ended by 6 a.m. Sunday, but a band of lake-effect snow affected the city and parts of Lake County, Illinois, Cook County and even eastern DuPage County.

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

Winds will remain gusty as temperatures drop into the teens, so expect roads to remain poor.

Between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, the band of lake-effect snow will move into northwest Indiana before moving into southwest Michigan in the afternoon.

the The Chicago area saw its first measurable snow 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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