Snow, more cold temps test Southland residents
By Mike Nolan email@example.com January 18, 2014 7:48PM
Vehicles slowly make their way south on Cicero Avenue in Country Club Hills on Saturday as another round of winter weather hit the Southland. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 20, 2014 6:54AM
Less than two weeks after the Southland slogged through a one-two punch of heavy snow followed by subzero temperatures, the area coped with another dose of winter weather Saturday.
With the additional helping of snow and frigid temps on deck for early this week, some residents already were weary from a winter season that’s still far from over.
“It’s just been brutal,” Rich Hoge said as he pumped gas into his pickup truck Saturday in Richton Park. “The snow I can kinda handle, but when it’s below zero all I want to do is just stay inside, which I can’t.”
The south and southwest suburbs got the worst of the latest snow event, which had been expected to drop as much as 4 or 5 inches in some far southwest communities.
In many suburbs, plows initially had a rough time keeping up with the snow, with even major roads such as Cicero Avenue and U.S. 30 snow-packed in the early hours of the storm, sometimes forcing traffic to a crawl.
Following a rebound Sunday, temperatures will begin to slide Monday, with overnight lows of 3 to 7 degrees above zero, and potential lows Tuesday night of zero to 7 below, according to the National Weather Service.
Although coming on the heels of a more severe storm earlier this month, Saturday’s snow still was a test of wills for some residents.
“I’ve about had enough,” Brooke Sawyer said as she ducked into a 7-Eleven in Park Forest. “I’m ready to move.”