Chicago Fire Department EMS Plan 2 @ 1500 N. Kennedy Expressway 2/15/2015

Chicago Tribune Article: Lake-effect snow caused slippery conditions on some area roadways close to Lake Michigan, leading to multiple accidents like the 40-vehicle chain reaction crash that that fouled up traffic on the Kennedy Expressway Sunday.

The city Department of Streets and Sanitation has about 300 trucks out, plowing where needed and laying down salt to help mitigate the effects of the occasionally heavy snowfall, according to Anne Sheahan, a department spokeswoman said.

Snow plows and salt spreaders focused throughout the day on clearing main streets as lake effect snow continued falling.

Roads and expressways closest to the lake – Lake Shore Drive for example – will be most at risk for slippery conditions until the roads start to clear.

The National Weather Service said that the snow showers could result in some instances of sharply reduced visibilities and that there could be accumulations of up to 1 or 2 inches before the snow tapers off in early to mid afternoon. The agency warned drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Heavy snow on the East Coast led to cancelations at Chicago airports, while freezing temperatures locally also caused minor delays.

Blizzard conditions in the eastern part of the country are primarily responsible for forcing the flight cancellations at the city’s two major airports, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

There were more than 100 flights have been cancelled at O’Hare International Airport and more than 35 at Midway International Airport, according to the office.

Icing issues at both airports were causing minor delays. Aviation officials said some airlines at O’Hare were experiencing delays of around 15 minutes.

Updates provided by CINS:

  • UPDATE ON CHICAGO: 59 REFUSALS, 12 TRANSPORTS GREEN & YELLOW. 38 VEHICLES INVOLVED. 1 INJD FF (CINS001/4/24/99/126/157)
  • UPDATE ON CHICAGO: THIS INCIDENT INVOLVES APPROX 20 VEHICLES. (CINS001/4/126)

Photo of this incident are courtesy of photographer Tim Olk. View full gallery here

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Photo: Tim Olk

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Photo: Tim Olk

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Photo: Tim Olk

Photo: Tim Olk

Photo: Tim Olk

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Photo: Tim Olk

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Photo: Tim Olk

Photo: Tim Olk

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