Winter woes begin to dissipate
January 8, 2014 7:08PM
Dawn Daujayas bundles up her daughter Olivia, 11, on Tuesday as they wait for a Metra train in the New Lenox station. Olivia was going to work with her mother since schools were closed. Classes were back in session Wednesday throughout the Southland. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~SunTimes Media
Updated: February 10, 2014 11:57AM
Wednesday brought a trifecta of good news for those who have had enough of winter this week.
Warmer temperatures are coming, most kids went back to school after an extended break, and smoother commutes were the norm.
Schools throughout the Southland welcomed students back, although Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 did not offer bus service for its four high schools and said absences would be excused if students did not have other means of transportation. There was also no morning bus service for Lemont-Bromberek Consolidated School District 113A students.
Meanwhile, after a Metra mess Monday and early Tuesday that resulted in dozens of train cancellations and massive delays, slightly warmer temperatures translated into better service for the Wednesday morning rush, although at least a few lines still experienced delays of up to 35 minutes, according to Metra’s website.
Temperatures that reached minus-16 Monday and minus-12 early Tuesday had left Metra scrambling to combat the cold. But by 6 a.m. Wednesday, the temperature and wind chill at O’Hare International Airport rose to minus-1, according to the National Weather Service. And Thursday’s high was expected to be in the mid-20s, while Friday’s projected high of 38 is expected to bring rain that will leave slush behind.
Cook County Jail was to resume inmate visitation and the normal discharge of inmates, both of which were put on hold during the two-day deep freeze. The frigid weather damaged the sprinkler system at the Criminal Court Building at 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago, sending a steady stream of water into the front lobby.
Garbage pickup canceled in Manhattan
Garbage service in Manhattan for this week has been canceled, the village said in a news release.
Because of the cold, Waste Management had said service would be delayed by a day or two in several areas and possibly canceled altogether in others. Waste Management and the village agreed to provide a partial credit for January service, which will show up on bills mailed in February, the release said.
Garbage service in Manhattan is to resume Monday. Customers who have garbage that will not fit in the garbage can can place it in either bags or additional 32-gallon cans weighing less than 50 pounds, the release said.
Sun-Times Media and staff reports