Waukegan opens emergency warming centers
By Frank Abderholden firstname.lastname@example.org December 11, 2013 4:48AM
In order to keep the train stations slip-free, Metra workers, all from Lake Villa, (from left to right) Scott Alexander, 56, and Bill Dehn, 41, take bags of salt rom Tony Mieszanek, 54, to re-stock the salt box at the Lake Villa train station downtown. | Frank Abderholden/Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 9, 2014 2:45AM
It has not been as cold as it was on Tuesday morning, minus 7 degrees in Waukegan, since 1978, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.
A winter weather advisory was issued until 10 a.m. Wednesday morning because snow was expected Tuesday night through Wednesday morning rush hour with accumulations reaching 2 to 4 inches in southern Lake County and 1 to 2 inches in northern Lake County.
On Tuesday, Rojas Arturo, 60, of Mettawa, was snowblowing leftover snow from the parking lot of his new business at 1757 Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, because the snow removal contractor didn’t show up. He was waiting for a village inspector to come for his business, Mr. International, which will help people with immigration issues and taxes.
“I like the cold weather,” said Arturo, who had layered on the clothing, “but I don’t like the snow.
Metra workers Scott Alexander, 56, Bill Dehn, 41, and Tony Mieszanek, 54, all of Lake Villa, had also dressed for the weather by layering their clothing.
They were busy restocking the salt box at the Lake Villa Metra Train Station downtown and were working their way south along the train route. Windchill brought the temperature to about minus 6 degrees.
Asked if it bothered him, Alexander shook his head.
“There’s nothing wrong with it, I enjoy it,” he said. “I’ve been doing this so long ...,” he said shaking his head as a train pulled in and the engine drowned out all other noise.
Mieszanek said it really didn’t bother him either.
“The worst part is when they get you out of bed at midnight,” he said, explaining the late night call is so parking lots can be plowed and salt put down in the pedestrian areas.
“We try to get it done early so people can be safe out here,” he said.
The weather service said a winter weather advisory means snow will cause travel difficulties and the lower temperatures will make regular road salt less effective. There could also be limited visibility making for difficult travel conditions.
Other low temperatures around the county included minus 7 in Mundelein and minus 9 in Barrington.
Wednesday and Thursday are forecast to reach highs of 17 degrees and 16 degrees, respectively. Friday and Saturday warm up with a highs of 29 and 30 degrees.