Chicago weather forecast: After several inches of snow accumulation from winter storm, deep freeze moves in across area

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Chicago (WLS) — Following a winter snowstorm, cold weather intensified across the Chicago area on Friday.

Across the city and downtown on Friday, people are gearing up for frigid temperatures, with some raking in the snow that fell Thursday night.

Wind chill on Friday morning reached minus 40 degrees Celsius in some areas, with temperatures below zero. The cold weather continues, with wind chill expected to stay well below freezing throughout the day.

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Snow moved Thursday and punished the Chicago area in the evening. Now we’re left with high winds and bitter cold.

Hundreds of flights canceled Friday at Midway’s O’Hare Airport due to frigid weather

Some suburbs saw several inches of snow on Friday.

amount of snow

Streeter: 2.5 inches

Romeoville: 2.5 inches

Elmhurst: 2.3 inch

Peotone: 2.3 inch

saint charles 2 inch

Downtown: 2 inches

The brutal cold comes with many hazards where skin visible in the air can become frostbitten very quickly.

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Winter weather is also causing problems at Chicago’s airports during the busy holiday season.

Meanwhile, many are still trying to run last-minute errands before Christmas and find it difficult to get around.

At Hyde Park, Quentin Kimbrough donned multiple layers, including heated thermals, while clearing snow outside.

“If you have skin that looks like air, you’ll get frostbite in no time. If you’re not wearing layers, you’ll feel this wind a little bit,” he said. I think it’s too windy.”

Chicago warming centers are available at 6 locations around the city

Severe weather still poses hazards to roads in the Chicago area, resulting in ice and snowstorms.

IDOT spokesperson Maria Castaneda said while most of the snow had been cleared from the highway, sub-zero temperatures were making the road salt less effective. Castaneda also said drivers should worry about black ice on bridges and overpasses.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Glenn Fifield said road visibility was so poor that there were dozens of crashes overnight.

Thermal regulation:

Chicago law requires the indoor temperature of a residence to be at least 68 degrees between 8:30 am and 10:30 pm.

The lowest temperature at any other time is 66 degrees. Landlords and building owners can face fines.

Call 311 to report insufficient heating. For more information, visit

ComEd prepares for blackouts

ComEd said it is in a position to help people quickly in the event of a power outage.

ComEd customers can report outages and receive recovery information by texting 26633 (COMED). You can also follow ComEd on Twitter or Facebook. Customers can also call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), report an outage via her website at, or use the ComEd app.

Stay tuned to ABC7 Eyewitness News and for the latest forecasts and snowfall figures as winter storms approach.

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