Chicago officials urge residents to stay inside during record cold

CHICAGO — Temperatures may be rising from Wednesday's near-record cold, but city officials said the brutal temperatures remain dangerous.

Officials continue to urge people to stay inside or take public transportation.

"The recent snow and cold has increased the possibility of ice beneath snow," Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully said. "I just want to warn motorists and pedestrians to be aware it's a dangerous condition."

The city's water department is working around the clock to thaw pipes and hydrants, repair broken water mains and get things back to normal.

The city's health department is warning people to keep covered when going outside. Frostbite and hypothermia can set in quickly during these sub-zero temperatures.

Officials urge residents to call 311 if they need a location for a warming center or have any other needs in this weather emergency.

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