CHICAGO – “Chi-beria”, “snowpocalypse”, polar vortex, and now “snowperball” are some of the trending words in Illinois as the Midwest continues to experience the biggest snowfall of the season.”
Over 2,000 flights have been cancelled and delayed this weekend in Chicago due to winter storm Linus that caused double-digit snowfall, 50,000 power outages, and road accidents.
Christine Ledesma, owner of Bacalod Chicken House in Chicago, was forced to close her restaurant early for the employees’ safety.
“Here in Chicago it’s been snowing for 24 hours. We got 16 to 18 inches. Bacolod Chicken House closed early so the employees could get home okay,” she said.
Because of the slippery roads, high winds, and single-digit temperatures — schools, daycares, and park districts were closed Monday. Employees were advised to work from home.
Others had to make do with the inconvenience of being stranded.
“We’re out here in Fyre Lake, visiting family, and unfortunately we got snowed in,” said Tristan Realubit and Edward Gross. “So I guess we’re staying another night. We don’t have to work tomorrow; that’s the good side.”
By late Sunday afternoon, 14,000 customers were still without electricity, and some without heat.
Apartment landlords are advised to address those homes without heat, or face fines up to $500 per day of violation.
As Chicagoans celebrate Groundhog Day, they believe that spring, being six weeks away, is not that far at all.