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December cold snap in Chicago

Chicago got the season’s first sub-zero temperature overnight, and another system could bring more snow Tuesday night.

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As temperatures plunge in Chicago, efforts of good will and helping out your fellow residents rise.

Workers and volunteers with Chicago’s Night Ministry, challenged by the cold, offered health supplies and food and a spot to warm up for a few minutes.

Some residents in the community depend on the work of the Night Ministry to  get by.

To find out how you can help, log on to http://www.thenightministry.org/

A Winter Weather Advisory in effect for much of the Chicago Metro area from midnight to 10am Wednesday.

Snow will overspread northern Illinois  from the west and northwest overnight reaching the Chicago between 4am-8am just in time to play havoc with the Wednesday morning commute.  While snow totals will not be excessive with general 1-3 inch, locally 4 inch totals expected, the combination  of the falling snow, gusty winds and temperatures near 20 will create slippery driving conditions.

The snow should exit the area by mid or late morning followed by strong west-northwest and falling temperatures.

For more, log on to Chicago Weather Center

A South Side hospital lost electricity Tuesday morning after temperatures dipped below zero last night.

There was a power surge at Roseland Community Hospital, located at 45 W. 111th Street, after one or more transformers blew out.  It happened around 9:45 a.m.  The hospital president said backup generators immediately began working and are still operating.  No patients were in danger, according to the administrator.

By noon, 60 percent of the power was restored according to a Commonwealth Edison representative.

The hospital expects to regain full power later Tuesday afternoon.

It’s the first day of the season that Chicago’s temperature slipped below zero.

In fact, December 10th is the earliest we’ve seen temperatures below-zero since December 9, 1995.

That’s especially tough on the city’s homeless people, who have a hard time finding warm places outdoors.

But there was a ray of sunshine in the South Loop. Some Bears’ fans showed up at an Orange Line ‘L’ stop with boxes full of warm clothing for the homeless.

In Naperville, the temperature after the Bears game was well below zero.

But most people simply accepted that cold weather is a part of every Chicago winter, and they say they’ll make the best of it.

For the latest updates, go to blog.chicagoweathercenter.com

An arctic air mass will stay in place for a few more days as more chances for snow arrive as well.

Breezy west/southwest winds today won’t help temperatures warm up much as highs are only expected to reach the upper teens this afternoon.  Wind chill values are only expected to be in the low single digits.

While a few passing flurries are possible Tuesday morning a better chance for snow comes Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Wed 12AM – Wed 10AM.  1-3” of snow is possible through Wednesday.

Highs Wednesday are only forecast to reach the upper teens once again with wind chills near 5 degrees.  Overnight lows Wednesday are expected to fall below zero in most locations with highs Thursday in the mid-teens.

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For more, log on to Chicago Weather Center.

Bears fans fired up the grills, grabbed a cold one and did what they do every game day, but today they have more clothes on.

On one of the coldest nights of the year, fans came out in droves to support the team as they took on the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field.

Windchill was -9 at kickoff.

Crowds were also there to support “Da Coach.”  Mike Ditka’s number 89 was retired at halftime.

Most people dressed appropriately,  either filling their tiny plastic NFL approved bags with extra clothes and blankets.

Some in the were under-informed, but braved the cold anyway.

The Bears lead the Cowboys at halftime, 24-14.

Dangerous deep freeze hit Chicago Monday.

For more, log on to Chicago Weather Center.

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