CHICAGO — More snow is coming for Chicago this weekend — but then the city will warm up and see sun.
Chicago has been pummeled by snow in recent weeks, with more than 19 inches falling this month. The city experienced a record-tying nine days straight of snow, with the stretch only ending Wednesday — and then snow fell again Thursday.
Friday and Saturday are expected to stay dry and see high temperatures in the low to mid-20s, well below normal temperatures for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday will be partly sunny.
More snow is expected Sunday, though, with showers starting mid-day and increasing during the afternoon. There likely won’t be a “significant” amount of snow, according to the weather agency, but it will come down heavily at times and will be wetter than what the city has experienced recently.
Areas near and north of Interstate 80 are expected to see more snow.
The snow could mix with rain during the evening, and the snow is expected to end by midnight for most areas, according to the weather agency.
Despite the snow, Sunday will see Chicago reach the 30s, with a high of 33 degrees expected, according to the National Weather Service.
That day will see Chicago’s long cold spell finally break, as Monday is expected to be partly sunny with a high of 36 degrees — and Tuesday will warm up to the 40s and be sunny.
Staying Safe At Home
Fire Commissioner Richard Ford said Chicagoans should check on their vulnerable neighbors to ensure they stay warm. People should not use their ovens or stovetops to try to warm their houses, and the Fire Department recommends against space heaters since they’re a fire risk, he said at a news conference last week.
Ford encouraged everyone to make sure they have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
And Chicagoans can help the Fire Department by shoveling snow away from fire hydrants, ensuring they’re easily accessible for firefighters in case of emergency, Ford said.
Buildings Commissioner Matt Beaudet also urged Chicagoans to ensure snow from recent storms isn’t covering up homes to their vents, like dryer vents, since that can create safety issues.
All cats and dogs must be brought indoors, even if they’re used to staying outside, according to Cook County Animal Control.
Walks should not last longer than 10 minutes during times there are sub-zero temperatures. Put foot coverings on your dogs if they will wear them, avoid walking them on salted sidewalks and wash their paws with warm water once home, according to the county angecy.
Protect Your Pipes
People can prevent their pipes from freezing by allowing the faucet to “dribble” water, Ford said. If your pipes do freeze, you can use a hair dryer to thaw them, but you should not use something with an open flame like a candle or torch, he said.
Heating Your Apartment
Beaudet said landlords are required to ensure their tenants’ units are heated during this time. Units must be at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight, Beaudet said.
If your landlord isn’t complying, you can file a report with 311. Landlords can be fined up to $1,000 per day per violation, Beaudet said.
Chicagoans who have to travel should keep a pair of gloves, a hat, water, flashlight, communication device, blankets and a cellphone charger in their car, said Josh Dennis, first deputy director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
Helping People Experiencing Homelessness
You can carry hand warmers, gift cards, cash, food and other supplies — like gloves and blankets — with you so you can give them to people who are homeless.
You can share the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ guide on where people can turn for help when the temperatures drop. It’s online here.
And you can reach out to local organizations the support people who are homeless, like the Night Ministry and other shelters.
The city’s warming centers are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. People at warming centers must wear masks and stay socially distant due to the coronavirus pandemic. Information about warming centers is available online or by calling 311.
The centers’ locations:
- 1140 W. 79th St.
- 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
- 4314 S. Cottage Grove ave.
- 845 W. Wilson Ave.
- 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
- 4312 W. North Ave.
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