Arctic air hits Chicago on heels of snow

CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) – A winter storm hit the Chicago area hard this holiday weekend. The last part to it is the arctic air which dropped the wind chill to near zero Sunday night. 

The storm, which began Friday night, brought with it several inches of snow, followed by high winds and lake effect snow.  Lake effect snow made it hard to drive through Gary, Indiana, early Sunday. 

By late Sunday afternoon, road crews were still busy cleaning up. The lake effect snow left Chicago early enough for a little fun. A sledding hill at Montrose was the perfect place for families. But by nightfall, those walking down Michigan Avenue found a slushy mess.

“It’s hard to avoid the snow. So, as you’re walking across the street? Yes. That’s the most difficult? What on you is the coldest right now? Ah, my cheeks,” said Sohyoen Bae who is visiting Chicago from South Korea.

With hats and gloves on, scarves over their faces and hoods up, people braved wind chills hovering around zero Sunday night. Some were holding coffee or hot chocolate as they shivered at bus stops. Darius Roberson wasn’t cold. He was prepared.

“The undergarments is the key. Wear your undergarments. Okay? Wear those undergarments. That is the key to this cold weather,” he said.

Fatma Eldomyati from New York was bundled up with a scarf and warm coat. She said she’s used to winter weather. “I like the winter. This happens every year. Get used to it!”
If you find yourself needing a warm place to go, Chicago has more than 100 warming centers. To find one, just call 311 and they can guide you.