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  • Working indoors isn’t an option for everyone Jan 8, 2015 7:36 PM
    A desk job never looked so good. As temperatures fell to minus 2 on Thursday morning, not everyone had the luxury of working indoors. Across the suburbs, park district employees, gas station attendants and grocery store workers ventured outside in the biting wind and frigid air.

     
  • Constable: Cat vs. Christmas and other holiday tales Jan 6, 2015 6:15 AM
    All those warm memories from the holidays are well-preserved, thanks to the deep freeze Mother Nature is providing as suburbanites head back to school and work this week. With our sons Ross and Ben home from college and out-of-state relatives staying with us for Christmas, my wife and I quickly got used to a busy, bustling home. But I’m not sure we’ll ever adjust to the new rules for college kids. We know that our 19-year-old sons have the freedom to do lots of stuff without our permission.

     
  • Wind chills expected to be -20 this afternoon, -35 overnight Jan 7, 2015 12:32 PM
    A wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for the Chicago area through noon Thursday. Wind chills were recorded to be about -30 overnight. Wind chill values will improve slightly to -20 Wednesday afternoon, but will fall back Wednesday night to -30 to -35.

     
  • What suburban schools will be closed Wednesday Jan 6, 2015 9:02 PM
    Schools across the suburbs are closing Wednesday as a blast of frigid air settles in. Deadly windchills will make it dangerous for students to be out. Here's the latest list of school closings.

     
  • Metra hopes to avoid missteps of 2014 polar vortex Jan 6, 2015 9:07 AM
    Is Metra ready for Polar Vortex II? Even if it's a lesser version of the big chill of 2014, riders are concerned about a meltdown following delays Monday with snow forecast for today. CEO Don Orseno said the agency is as ready as it can be.

     
  • Arctic cold, snow to hit suburbs starting today Jan 4, 2015 12:29 AM
    Just in time for kids returning back to school after a snowless and mild holiday break, temperatures will nose-dive in the suburbs, forecasters say.“Winter is finally arriving,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Enderlen said.

     
  • More snow expected with bitter cold Monday Jan 4, 2015 10:33 AM
    The deep freeze expected to hit the Chicago region later today, dropping temperatures well below zero and wind chills to dangerously low levels, could be accompanied by more than six inches of snow beginning Monday night, forecasters said Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook Sunday predicting that some parts of the area would see more than a half foot of snow that, combined with high winds, could make for dangerous travel conditions Tuesday and Wednesday.

     
  • Today’s rain precedes bitter, bitter cold Jan 3, 2015 12:16 PM
    The Winter Weather Advisory for the suburban area issued for last night’s combination of rain, sleet and snow expired at noon, but the National Weather Service says slick roads and bitter temperatures loom. According to the service’s latest forecast, rain is expected to continue falling between noon and 5 p.m., as temperatures climb to 34. Rain will eventually transition to snow, as temperatures drop, with less than one inch of accumulation possible.

     
  • Look back at suburbs’ year in weather — with a poem Jan 1, 2015 7:33 AM
    The National Weather Service of Chicago wrote a poem to describe 2014's weather. Enjoy this whimsical look back at the best and the (mostly) worst. With some of the prettier pictures taken in the suburbs last winter.

     
  • Severe storms slam the South, killing at least 4 Dec 24, 2014 11:51 AM
    ower companies struggled to restore electricity to thousands of people in Mississippi on Wednesday, a day after a powerful storm swept through the southeastern U.S. and killed at least four people. Police in Columbia, Mississippi were stationed at all major intersections because traffic lights were swept away or destroyed amid Tuesday’s powerful storms. The severe weather also injured 50 people and damaged or destroyed an unknown number of homes and businesses.

     
  • Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form Dec 19, 2014 7:03 AM
    Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can’t reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger.

     
  • Safe rooms part of Washington tornado recovery Dec 1, 2014 10:37 AM
    A year after a tornado devastated the central Illinois community of Washington, city officials say one in 20 home rebuilding projects include a reinforced safe room. The rooms are designed for enhanced security in case of a disaster, Washington director of planning and developing Jon Oliphant tells the (Peoria) Journal Star. Three people died due to the November 2013 tornado, which damaged more than 1,100 homes in Pekin, East Peoria and Washington. “It’s not necessarily a significant number, but there are definitely more safe rooms than we saw prior to the tornado,” Oliphant said. “People have been trying to have their homes be a little bit safer than what they were before.” The tornado wiped Andrea and Ryan Bowers’ home off its foundation. They weathered the storm with their then 10-week-old daughter and two dogs in their basement where they were partially buried under debris. The Bowers have decided to add a safe room to the basement of their new home. “For me, personally, the safe room is vital to my healing,” Andrea Bowers said. “To lose almost everything you had, and so quickly, is to completely lose your sense of security in the very place you once felt the most secure. Hopefully we don’t ever need (the safe room), but there is peace of mind just knowing it is there.” Andrea Bowers said the room’s extra cost extends beyond her family’s ownership of the new house. “Maybe we’ll never need it, and probably this won’t be the last house we own,” Andrea Bowers said. “But if we sell it to someone else down the line, we’ll know we’re passing down a house that’s as safe as it can be and maybe that will be a comfort to the family that buys it.”

     
  • Suburbs see slight snow accumulation Nov 24, 2014 7:43 PM
    Gusting winds and small snow accumulations Monday afternoon created some delays at airports and a smattering of crashes throughout the suburbs, including two in Gurnee that sent nine people to area hospitals.

     
  • Flooding becomes new threat in snowy Buffalo Nov 22, 2014 9:53 AM
    After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain and temperatures of up to 60 degrees.

     
  • Images: Washington, IL tornado, November 17, 2013 Nov 17, 2014 1:47 PM
    One year ago today, November 17th, 2013, an EF4 tornado ripped through Washington, IL killing three and damaging over 1,000 homes. Here's a look back at photos from that day and week.

     
  • Illinois marks anniversary of deadly tornadoes Nov 17, 2014 6:42 PM
    From memorial services to dedications, residents and elected officials marked the one-year anniversary Monday of deadly tornadoes that tore through central and southern Illinois, leaving more than half a dozen people dead and destroying numerous homes and businesses. Among the hardest hit was the central Illinois community of Washington, where more than 1,000 buildings were destroyed and three people died.

     
  • Cold will linger throughout the week, meteorologists say Nov 17, 2014 6:25 PM
    A weather system bringing in the coldest air of the season into the region also is expected to deliver a massive lake-effect snowfall east of the Great Lakes.

     
  • Indiana county seeks volunteers for winter response help Nov 11, 2014 9:03 AM
    A rural northeastern Indiana county has issued a callout for volunteers with vehicles that travel well in snow and ice.

     
  • Waves slam Chicago lakeshore Oct 31, 2014 11:30 PM
    Winds gusting up to 65 mph caused Lake Michigan waves to slam into the Chicago shoreline. The waves slowed traffic along Lake Shore Drive and prompted the cancellation of a Halloween attraction.

     
  • Chance of severe storms mainly south this evening Oct 13, 2014 6:02 PM
    Strong thunderstorms with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph could hit the area this evening, the National Weather Service is reporting. Any of these storms could produce heavy rain, lightning and an “isolated tornado,” according to the weather service. A tornado watch that had been effect for counties south of the Chicago area has been expanded to include Will County.

     
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