Southland copes with more snow as frigid weather on way
By Casey Toner email@example.com February 8, 2014 2:55PM
Customers who went into the New Lenox Aldi on Saturday come out with their cars covered by snow. | Erin Gallagher~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 10, 2014 6:52AM
Phil Bresmahan has shoveled the sidewalk of the Oak Lawn Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall more than two dozen times since December.
The retired Army veteran was at it again Saturday afternoon in the wake of yet another snowfall, clearing the walkways and digging out the fire hydrant.
“As I’m getting older and heavier, I need to get a little more exercise,” said Bresmahan, Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 president.
William Ward, of Oak Lawn, spent Saturday afternoon snowblowing driveways and sidewalks for friends and family. By the time he was done, he was coated in a thin layer of snow.
“It’s just more than usual,” Ward said about the snowfall totals. “I don’t think we can do anything about the weather.”
National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Krein said light snow showers would continue into Sunday morning with a little accumulation.
Overnight, temperatures were predicted to linger around 10 to 12 degrees, swelling to nearly 20 degrees by Sunday night. But temperatures will plummet again early in the week — a low of zero is expected Monday morning with wind chills of minus 15 to minus 20 degrees.
The snow, combined with cold temperatures, has created dangerous driving conditions.
Illinois State Police issued a weather travel advisory Saturday morning, urging drivers to stay off the roads if possible as drifting snow and ice began to plague roadways. Patches of snow and ice were creating hazardous conditions on Interstate 57 throughout Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties, state police said.
The Chicago Deartment of Streets and Sanitation deployed 200 snowplows and salt spreaders Saturday afternoon as the snow moved into the area, spokeswoman Molly Poppe said.