We did it, Chicago residents. We have hit the record books.
O’Hare Airport recorded 20.2 inches of snow, making Chicago’s Blizzard of 2011 the third biggest on record.
As it is, yesterday will go down in history as the snowiest February 1 on record.
The storm crippled the Chicago area. Lake Shore Drive was closed down with cars on it and motorists in their cars. Buses came to rescue and then got stuck themselves.
All motorists have since been rescued and the vehicles are being towed. Motorists should dial 311 to find the location of their cars. There will be no charge to pick them up.
All Chicago area expressways were closed due to the fact that their ramps accumulated up to four-foot-high drifts of snow. The expressways were reopened this morning, but driving conditions are extremely poor and state police are asking everyone to stay home unless completely necessary.
Cook, Will and Lake counties have all been declared states of emergency, and as a result, most roads are closed to traffic because of “life-threatening” blizzard conditions, according to officials at the National Weather Service.
Clark and Addison Streets were also shut down after a portion of the roof of historic Wrigley Field was blown off due to high winds.
Metra had to shut down some of its lines due to the storm and is now running on Sunday service. To get the details, visit metrarail.com.
CTA is also running on a limited schedule. Visit transitchicago.com for more information.
More than 90,000 Illinois homes and businesses lost power due to the storm. While some power has been restored, Commonwealth Edison said that 56,000 Northern Illinois customers were still without, many of them in the city.
ComEd officials are urging customers without power to contact them by calling (800) EDISON1, which is (800) 334-7661, or by visiting comed.com to report your outage.
Many businesses, banks and shopping centers are closed today. Hopefully, your business closed too. Stay inside, enjoy the free day and be safe.