Authorities say an 83-year-old Chicago woman was the first cold-related death of the season in Cook County.The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office says a relative found Florence Hawkins unresponsive in her bed.
Some Illinois residents said they were happy to see flakes Thursday as a winter storm dropped the first significant snowfall of the season on the state.The abrupt shift in weather came a day after Rockford recorded a record high temperature of 57 degrees, according to the National Weather Service's
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched ChicagoShovels.org on Tuesday, in an effort to encourage residents to participate in winter-preparedness.The new site is being launched with a real-time “Plow Tracker” that allows residents to monitor the progress of the city’s snow plows."
Local forecasters are calling predicted inclement weather "The Big One." To prepare for the winter storm, Eight Forty-Eight compiled a sampling of what local and even national meteorologists are saying about Snowmageddon 2011.Sampled forecasts include those provided by Tim McGill
In a suburban Illinois town everyone looks to one creature for their winter forecast. That would be Woodstock Willie, aka the town’s version of Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania. Woodstock, Illinois, got its 15 minutes of fame when the movie Groundhog Day was filmed there.
The day's weather news isn't very good for L.A."A fast-moving Arctic storm swung into Los Angeles County early Wednesday and was expected to bring powerful gusts later in the day," the Los Angeles Times writes.