Live blog: Severe cold hits commute, city hard

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 01/05/2014, 09:26am

Follow here as a winter storm continues to pound the Chicago area and northern Illinois through Sunday and temperatures plummet to start the week.

COMMUTING: Metra and the CTA were experiencing major delays on Monday morning because of frigid temperatures and cold. CTA ALERTS | METRA ALERTS

More than 1,200 flights have already been cancelled at O’Hare International Airport — more than 60 at Midway Airport — as snow and wind continue to ramp up.

Amtrak also is operating modified service to and from Chicago.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: There will be no classes Monday or Tuesday in Chicago Public Schools.

Here’s a complete list of other school closings.

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POWER OUTAGES: Thousands were without power Monday in these dangerously cold temperatures. Here’s a map of ComEd outages across the Chicago area.

WARMING CENTERS: A full list of Chicago warming centers can be found here.

FORECAST: Latest maps and conditions.

Wind chill forecasts in Chicago, via the National Weather Service.

SNOW TOTALS: Interactive map updated at 7 a.m.

PLOW TRACKER: Where are the streets being cleared in Chicago?

ROAD CLOSURES: Complete set from IDOT.

PHOTOS: A snowy look at frozen Chicago.

MORE VIDEO: Stay inside, and let us show you what the snow and record cold look like in the Chicago area.

Sights and sounds from the Chicago area
Video: Snow, record cold blanket Chicago area

INTERACTIVE MAP: A look at snowfall totals across the area.