WBEZ | snow storm http://www.wbez.org/tags/snow-storm Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bitter cold sweeps in after snow http://www.wbez.org/story/bitter-cold-sweeps-after-snow-95523 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-13/AP Photo Nam Y. Huh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bittter cold temperatures are moving into the region now that the snow has mostly passed through. Meteorologist David Beachler with the National Weather Service said to beware of frostbite.</p><p>"With the wind expected to be gusty at times today and the temperatures holding in the middle teens - that's gonna create windchill ratings between zero and at times ten below zero," Beachler said.</p><p>The temperatures Friday night will be in the single digits.</p><p>Beachler said more storm systems are expected through the weekend. Saturday morning could bring a little more snow accumulation, with highs in the 20s. Sunday temperatures will rise into the 30s, but the above-freezing temperatures brings the possibility of rain mixed with snow - which could make for very slick conditions.</p><p>The Chicago Department of Aviation said yesterday evening that more than 400 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport<br> and delays from deicing were averaging 20 minutes. Southwest Airlines canceled more than 100 flights at Midway International Airport earlier in the day.</p><p>The National Weather Service in northern Illinois predicts between 6 and 8 inches of snow in Chicago and Joliet and 4 to 6 inches in Rockford, Dixon, LaSalle and Pontiac. Between 2 and 5 inches of snow are forecast in central Illinois.</p><p>Ice and snow covered roads were reported around Freeport, the Quad Cities, Bloomington and Jacksonville.</p></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bitter-cold-sweeps-after-snow-95523 City defends handling of Lake Shore Drive logjam http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-blizzard/city-defends-handling-lake-shore-drive-logjam <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/LSD Tim Brown 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Daley Administration defended its decision not to close Lake Shore Drive earlier during the major winter storm late Tuesday that dumped more than 20 inches of snow on Chicago and generated winds in excess of 50 m.p.h.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>During a late afternoon press conference on Wednesday, Raymond Orozco, chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, stated that the decision to keep the Drive open until 7:50 p.m on Tuesday was his to make - and that he believes it was the right one.</p><p>&quot;In a storm of this magnitude, there's no way to predict from minute to minute what problems may arise,&quot; said Orozco during a news conference late afternoon on Wednesday. &quot;But what we do know is that no major accidents and no serious injuries occurred.&quot;</p><p>The Daley Administration came under fire for not closing Lake Shore Drive earlier, given the severe weather conditions and long-standing blizzard warnings.&nbsp; Hundreds of motorists were stranded along the lakefront thoroughfare beginning Tuesday evening as high winds and snow led to white-out conditions and treacherous road travel.&nbsp; Orozco says he decided to close the Drive after a series of minor accidents occured, making the roads even more dangerous to drivers.</p><p>The controversy even found its way into the 2011 race for Chicago mayor.&nbsp; In a statement, Rahm Emanuel called for &quot;a thorough review&quot; of the city's response.&nbsp; Meanwhile, Carol Moseley-Braun was more critical, stating that the city should have closed Lake Shore Drive well in advance of the blizzard.</p><p>&quot;The question was do we eliminate Lake Shore Drive as an option, which would've essentially diverted thousands of drivers onto other roads&quot;, Orozco pointed out.&nbsp; He says that would've created even more traffic and dangerous travel conditions on other city streets.</p><p>Ramps were closed just before 8 p.m., preventing motorists from entering and exiting Lake Shore Drive for hours.&nbsp; Many were stuck in cars or on CTA buses well into the wee hours of the evening without information or assistance from emergency crews.&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal">Lake Shore Drive remained closed to traffic as of late Wednesday.&nbsp; Orozco refused to predict when it would reopen.</p> <p>Motorists looking to retreive their vehicles abandoned on Lake Shore Drive are urged to call 311.</p><p>&quot;Again we completely understand people&rsquo;s frustrations and I want to thank everyone for being exceedingly patient during this process,&quot; said Orozco.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-blizzard/city-defends-handling-lake-shore-drive-logjam "Can't get out of the neighborhood" http://www.wbez.org/story/blizzard/cant-get-out-neighborhood <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0227.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans began surveying the damage and digging out of the neighborhoods this morning, even as the flakes keep falling.</p><p>In the Pilsen neighborhood on the city's southwest side, drifts are waist deep in some places along the unplowed side streets, the snow blanketing cars, just the antennas peeking out.</p><p>Laura Dilworth left home this morning when it was still dark outside to try to get to her job at the Wilmette post office. Three hours later she&rsquo;d gone three blocks.</p><p>&quot;Can&rsquo;t get out of the neighborhood,&quot; Dilworth said. Just getting back to her street was difficult. Neighbor Hector Quinones tied a rope to his Toyota Land Cruiser and pulled Dilworth along &mdash;for hours.</p><p>&quot;She got stuck by my house,&quot; Quionones said. &quot;She couldn&rsquo;t go back or forward. So I&rsquo;m trying to get her home.&quot;</p><p>This is teenager Juliana Loredo&rsquo;s first big snowstorm. She moved to Chicago four years ago.</p><p>And with a day off school she was planning to try something she never got to do as a kid growing up in Mexico--play in the snow.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/blizzard/cant-get-out-neighborhood Bracing for the blizzard, local meteorologists share their predictions http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/bracing-blizzard-local-meteorologists-share-their-predictions <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/winter forecast 1-31-11 Getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Local forecasters are calling predicted inclement weather &quot;The Big One.&quot; To prepare for the winter storm, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> compiled a sampling of what local and even national meteorologists are saying about Snowmageddon 2011.<br /><br />Sampled forecasts include those provided by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wgntv.com/about/wgntv-news-team-tim-mcgill,0,4025471.htmlstory">Tim McGill from WGN</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/station/about-us/Brant_Miller.html">Brant Miller from NBC</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/bio?section=resources/inside_station/newsteam&amp;id=5771872">Jerry Taft</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/bio?section=ontv/stationinfo/bios&amp;id=3396531">Tracy Butler</a> from ABC and the one and only <a target="_blank" href="http://www.roker.com/main/index.htm">Al Roker</a> who trekked west to Chicago for the big storm.</p><p><em>Music Button: Les Brown, &quot;I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm&quot;, from the CD Christmas Cocktails 2, (Capitol)</em></p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 15:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/bracing-blizzard-local-meteorologists-share-their-predictions Dunes no match for snowstorms http://www.wbez.org/story/dunes/dunes-no-match-snow-storms <p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Heavy snowstorms that walloped Northwest Indiana roads this week left behind a mess along the Lake Michigan shoreline.</span></font><font size="2" face="Arial" color="navy"><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: navy; font-family: Arial;"><br /></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The towns of Porter, Ogden Dunes and Dunes Acres, all in Porter County, are dealing with loss of dunes caused by 25-foot waves. The waves washed away sand dunes near people&rsquo;s homes. That leaves homes with no protection from waves. </span></font><font size="2" face="Arial" color="navy"><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: navy; font-family: Arial;"><br /></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">There&rsquo;s no<font color="navy"><span style="color: navy;">t</span></font> much officials can do to protect residents now, except to prevent further damager in the future. Michelle Bollinger, town council president in Porter, says the three towns are now working to find money to build a sea wall. </span></font><font size="2" face="Arial" color="navy"><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: navy; font-family: Arial;"><br /></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&ldquo;Parts of our area have a sea wall. But where it was eroded horribly there&rsquo;s no sea wall there. So, I don&rsquo;t know,&rdquo; Bollinger said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to try to attempt to help the residents by seeing if we can get some federal funding to help construct a sea wall.&rdquo; </span></font><font size="2" face="Arial" color="navy"><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: navy; font-family: Arial;"><br /></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">No homes have been harmed yet but that&rsquo;s only because lake levels are low right now. <font color="navy"><span style="color: navy;">&nbsp;</span></font>Geologists say lake levels rise and fall from year to year. <font color="navy"><span style="color: navy;">&nbsp;</span></font>The dunes can recover naturally but that could take years. </span></font><font size="2" face="Arial" color="navy"><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: navy; font-family: Arial;"><br /></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Porter building inspector Art Elwood said that before the storm, the owners of private beach properties could walk down the sloping</span></font> <font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">dunes all the way to the beach. <font color="navy"><span style="color: navy;">&nbsp;</span></font>Now, they have 12 to 15 feet tall cliffs in their way.</span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><font size="2" face="Arial"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><font size="2" face="Arial"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></font></p></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 22:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/dunes/dunes-no-match-snow-storms