Freezing Rain Glazes Chicago; Commuters Will Miss Brunt of Icy Conditions

By Geoff Ziezulewicz on January 27, 2013 7:40pm 

 A tree branch encased in ice Sunday night in Uptown. A spat of freezing rain left Chicago's streets and sidewalks with an icy glaze. Forecasters expect the ice to melt away my Monday morning's commute.
A tree branch encased in ice Sunday night in Uptown. A spat of freezing rain left Chicago's streets and sidewalks with an icy glaze. Forecasters expect the ice to melt away my Monday morning's commute.
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CHICAGO — Parts of the city saw some nasty, icy weather Sunday night, but Monday morning commuters will likely only face a rainy day as highs move above freezing.


The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory that was going to be in effect until 9 p.m. Sunday, with regular rain expected after 10 p.m.

Temperatures were expected to rise above freezing Sunday night, but soil and pavement temperature may remain below freezing, bedeviling drivers and walkers alike, according to the weather service.

The CTA added runs on its lines Sunday to prevent ice accumulation, according to spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis.

Trains deployed sleet scrapers and rail heaters were put into use as well, she said.

The 60-foot articulated buses were shelved to prevent fishtailing, Lukidis said.

“We did that early this morning, just to preempt anything from happening,” she said. “Hopefully we’ve been able to prevent frustrations for our riders. It’s difficult to drive in this weather.”

Services are expected to return to normal Monday morning, she said.

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