Chicago weather: Chicago braces for more snow as winter storm approaches
January 30, 2014 (WLS) -- Most areas of Chicago got a fresh coating of snow Thursday afternoon. Gusty winds created near white out conditions, with some roads in open areas becoming slick and snow covered. Now, Chicagoans are bracing for a more significant winter storm beginning on Friday night and continuing into Saturday.
It's beginning to seem as if this is an endless cycle of snow, cold and ice.
At O'Hare on Thursday, airlines cancelled 280 flights. Derek Anderson started his journey in Milwaukee.
"It looked great until I got to the airport. They put me on a bus and shipped me to Chicago," said Anderson.
It's been one of those winters. With kids back in class, educators hope Friday's snow will not cancel recess.
"I want them outside, I don't want them in the building. They need to run outside and get fresh air!" said Deana Ericksen, Our Lady of Victory School.
At Millenium Park's ice rink, the idea of snow and winter is wonderful for some.
"It's like exciting because it's a novelty for me, but if you live here, I guess it's a pain," said Jasmine Hart, visitor from London.
If you don't like the snow, you might want to move!" said Cindy DeMarco, Chicagoan.
"I'm over this weather and I'm moving 'cause I can't handle it anymore," said Trisha Gula, Chicago resident.
In the Northwest suburbs, drivers were being advised to stay off the roads earlier on Thursday. The McHenry County Sheriff's office urged drivers to stay off local roads if possible. It says snow and high winds have combined to make slick and dangerous driving conditions.
Conditions had improved by late Thursday afternoon, but near white out conditions were reported on several roads in McHenry County earlier in the day. East-west roads were especially slick.
It wasn't much better in Kane County, where officials blame weather conditions for several accidents near Route 20 and Plank Road in unincorporated Kane County near Elgin.
And on the east side of far northwest suburban Woodstock, plow driver Rob Burke was busy clearing snow.
"As a little bit of snow gets on the ground, they forget how to drive. It's Chicago, we should know how to by now," said Rob Burke, plow driver.
The temperature is expected to drop Thursday evening, which can make slick spots even slicker. Drivers are urged to exercise caution.
And there is more snow on the way. A winter storm watch will go into effect late Friday night through Saturday afternoon, when a snowstorm could bring 4 to 9 inches of accumulation to the Chicago area, ABC7 Meteorologist Jerry Taft said.
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