Clearing the rooftop

Neighbors help each other to clear snow in Flossmoor. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / February 2, 2011)

As of 6 a.m. today, about 5,800 ComEd customers were still without power, according to a company news release. Of those, 5,000 were in Chicago.s

The company expects all power to be restored by mid-day today. Officials late Wednesday night said crews would work round-the-clock. So far, ComEd has restored service to more than 183,000 affected customers.




9:45 p.m. IDOT warns of slow morning commute


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Thursday morning’s commute is expected to be much slower than normal on Chicago-area roads, Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Guy Tridgell said.

Crews have been working to clear Chicago-area highways, but some roads and exit and entrance ramps still need to be cleared, he said. More than 350 snow trucks will be working throughout the night.

Motorists are also cautioned that slick spots could develop on roads as the temperature plunges overnight.




9:39 p.m. City says brace for cold, check on neighbors

City officials are urging residents to limit their time outside as the area braces for bone-chilling temperatures overnight and into Thursday.

Residents who need shelter should call 311.

Mary Ellen Caron, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, said there are shelter beds still available Wednesday night.

Residents are also advised to call 311 and request a well-being check if they are concerned about a relative or neighbor.




9:33 p.m. Most Cook County offices to be open Thursday

Cook County Board and Forest Preserve District President Toni Preckwinkle said that any offices under her  jurisdiction will resume full operations on Thursday.

She also asked that the offices run by the other elected officials of Cook County and the Independent Health and Hospitals System resume full operations as well.

The Cook County Department of Public Health clinical, dental and WIC services at Rolling Meadows, Markham, and Bridgeview Courthouses are canceled for Thursday, but all other CCDPH services will return to normal operation.


9:08 Amtrak updates Thursday schedule

Amtrak plans to restore most corridor services in the Chicago Hub on Thursday following this week’s blizzard conditions.
 
All Hiawatha Service trains to and from Chicago and Milwaukee, all Wolverine Service, Blue Water and Pere Marquette trains to and from Michigan and three of the five round-trips on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor are scheduled to operate, subject to residual weather-related delays.