Images: The Polar Vortex dives into the suburbs

 
Daily Herald
Updated 1/30/2019 5:37 PM

See images of the double-digit subzero weather as the polar vortex takes over the suburbs

On what the weather experts are calling one of the coldest days on record, Arlington Heights resident Steve Sarussi waits at the train station in Arlington Heights for his ride downtown. He commented, "I enjoy going out in it, it's a challenge, I embrace it." The mist from his breathing was freezing on his face including his eyelashes.
  On what the weather experts are calling one of the coldest days on record, Arlington Heights resident Steve Sarussi waits at the train station in Arlington Heights for his ride downtown. He commented, "I enjoy going out in it, it's a challenge, I embrace it." The mist from his breathing was freezing on his face including his eyelashes.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Car exhaust billows up on this cold morning as commuters head to work in Arlington Heights.
  Car exhaust billows up on this cold morning as commuters head to work in Arlington Heights.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Francisco Carapia tries to jump start a car in the parking lot of Maple Ridge Apartments in Carpentersville Wednesday morning as the temperature reached 24 below zero.
  Francisco Carapia tries to jump start a car in the parking lot of Maple Ridge Apartments in Carpentersville Wednesday morning as the temperature reached 24 below zero.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
The remnants of hands are clad in frost on the inside of the Integrity School of Dance window in Elgin Wednesday as frigid temperatures reached minus 26.
  The remnants of hands are clad in frost on the inside of the Integrity School of Dance window in Elgin Wednesday as frigid temperatures reached minus 26.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
George Oshana of Elgin walks to the warming area at the Elgin Metra station Wednesday. "It's too cold," Oshana said as temperatures dropped to minus 26.
  George Oshana of Elgin walks to the warming area at the Elgin Metra station Wednesday. "It's too cold," Oshana said as temperatures dropped to minus 26.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Frost builds up on his scarf as George Oshana of Elgin walks to the 7:26 train at the Elgin Metra station Wednesday. "It's too cold," Oshana said as temperatures dropped to minus 26.
  Frost builds up on his scarf as George Oshana of Elgin walks to the 7:26 train at the Elgin Metra station Wednesday. "It's too cold," Oshana said as temperatures dropped to minus 26.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Patrick Cola of Huntley and also a Metra employee, hurries to make the 7:26 train at the Elgin Metra station Wednesday. "It's pretty darn cold," said Cola of the subzero temperature.
  Patrick Cola of Huntley and also a Metra employee, hurries to make the 7:26 train at the Elgin Metra station Wednesday. "It's pretty darn cold," said Cola of the subzero temperature.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Steam rises off the Fox River along Chicago Street in Elgin as the frigid temperatures reached minus 26 Wednesday.
  Steam rises off the Fox River along Chicago Street in Elgin as the frigid temperatures reached minus 26 Wednesday.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Arlington Heights resident Chris Dozois waits at the train station in Arlington Heights for his ride downtown. He commented, " It's cold."
  Arlington Heights resident Chris Dozois waits at the train station in Arlington Heights for his ride downtown. He commented, " It's cold."
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Ice forms on the windows of the warming area as the temperatures drop to minus 26 Wednesday morning at the Elgin Metra station.
  Ice forms on the windows of the warming area as the temperatures drop to minus 26 Wednesday morning at the Elgin Metra station.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Ice crystals from on windows Wednesday morning as the sun rises on subzero temperatures in the suburbs.
  Ice crystals from on windows Wednesday morning as the sun rises on subzero temperatures in the suburbs.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
On what the weather experts are calling one of the coldest days on record, Arlington Heights resident Steve Sarussi waits at the train station in Arlington Heights for his ride downtown. He commented, "I enjoy going out in it, it's a challenge, I embrace it." The mist from his breathing was freezing on his face including his eyelashes.
  On what the weather experts are calling one of the coldest days on record, Arlington Heights resident Steve Sarussi waits at the train station in Arlington Heights for his ride downtown. He commented, "I enjoy going out in it, it's a challenge, I embrace it." The mist from his breathing was freezing on his face including his eyelashes.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Commuters in Arlington Heights get ready to board the early morning train into the city.
  Commuters in Arlington Heights get ready to board the early morning train into the city.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Commuters in Arlington Heights get ready to board the early morning train into the city.
  Commuters in Arlington Heights get ready to board the early morning train into the city.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Arlington Heights resident Shannon Braniff waits at the train station in Arlington Heights for her ride downtown.
  Arlington Heights resident Shannon Braniff waits at the train station in Arlington Heights for her ride downtown.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
On what the weather experts are calling one of the coldest days on record, Arlington Heights looks more like a ghost town as area businesses are closed for the day because of the subzero weather.
  On what the weather experts are calling one of the coldest days on record, Arlington Heights looks more like a ghost town as area businesses are closed for the day because of the subzero weather.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
UPS driver Ron Ragano of South Elgin dressed in multiple layers Wednesday to battle the subzero temperatures while making his Libertyville deliveries.
  UPS driver Ron Ragano of South Elgin dressed in multiple layers Wednesday to battle the subzero temperatures while making his Libertyville deliveries.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Dangerous subzero temperatures hit the suburbs Wednesday morning.
  Dangerous subzero temperatures hit the suburbs Wednesday morning.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Steam rises from a downtown Wauconda business as subzero temperatures moved into the suburbs Wednesday.
  Steam rises from a downtown Wauconda business as subzero temperatures moved into the suburbs Wednesday.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
One Wauconda resident at Farmhill and Old Country Way uses a tarp to protect their car from the wind after subzero temperatures moved into the suburbs Wednesday morning.
  One Wauconda resident at Farmhill and Old Country Way uses a tarp to protect their car from the wind after subzero temperatures moved into the suburbs Wednesday morning.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A backhoe is used to fill in a hole following the repair of a water main break at the intersection of Downing Road and Eton Ct. in Buffalo Grove Wednesday.
  A backhoe is used to fill in a hole following the repair of a water main break at the intersection of Downing Road and Eton Ct. in Buffalo Grove Wednesday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove Public Works Department maintenance worker Tyler Ankney uses a propane torch to clear a path for water to flow into a sewer grate following a water main break along Downing Road in Buffalo Grove Wednesday.
  Buffalo Grove Public Works Department maintenance worker Tyler Ankney uses a propane torch to clear a path for water to flow into a sewer grate following a water main break along Downing Road in Buffalo Grove Wednesday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Downing Road is covered in slush and ice after a water main broke in Buffalo Grove Wednesday.
  Downing Road is covered in slush and ice after a water main broke in Buffalo Grove Wednesday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
A hand print is revealed in a frozen window at Walmart in Vernon Hills.
  A hand print is revealed in a frozen window at Walmart in Vernon Hills.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Steam rises from Franks for the Memories in Mundelein. The business, like so many others in the suburbs, was closed for the day.
  Steam rises from Franks for the Memories in Mundelein. The business, like so many others in the suburbs, was closed for the day.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
James Trelford of Libertyville is bundled up as he walks down Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville.
  James Trelford of Libertyville is bundled up as he walks down Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Wind drifts on snow in Vernon Hills make an interesting pattern.
  Wind drifts on snow in Vernon Hills make an interesting pattern.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Zengeler Cleaners in Libertyville, like so many suburban businesses, was closed for the day.
  Zengeler Cleaners in Libertyville, like so many suburban businesses, was closed for the day.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Traffic moves slowly as the sun rises on Algonquin Road in Algonquin Wednesday.
  Traffic moves slowly as the sun rises on Algonquin Road in Algonquin Wednesday.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A mostly vacant parking lot at Algonquin Commons.
  A mostly vacant parking lot at Algonquin Commons.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A snow-covered grass field appears to become frozen tundra in Carpentersville.
  A snow-covered grass field appears to become frozen tundra in Carpentersville.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Steam rises from the Fox River in East Dundee.
  Steam rises from the Fox River in East Dundee.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Parking spots are available at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.
  Parking spots are available at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Cars make their way down North Avenue in Addison.
  Cars make their way down North Avenue in Addison.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographerr
Members of the Wheeling Fire Department remove their equipment from a home where several people were taken to the hospital due to elevated carbon monoxide levels Wednesday.
  Members of the Wheeling Fire Department remove their equipment from a home where several people were taken to the hospital due to elevated carbon monoxide levels Wednesday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
A grill being used near a Wheeling home was reported to be the cause of elevated carbon monoxide levels that sent  several people to the hospital Wednesday.
  A grill being used near a Wheeling home was reported to be the cause of elevated carbon monoxide levels that sent several people to the hospital Wednesday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
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