Spring snow ends, slippery roads persist

April 6, 2009 (CHICAGO) The wet and sticky, heavy snow caused power outages. As of 6:30 a.m., the latest number from ComEd was about 5,600 people without power, but the good news is that number had been going down all morning long.

IDOT and city crews were once again out in force clearing away the snow and ice. While Chicago has seen April snowstorms in years past, the sight of snow falling, especially with winter long gone, is always a shock.

"We're already into spring, you know. What is this now? It's crazy, man," said Edward Piwowarski, stranded motorist.

The spring snowstorm caught many by surprise and made driving treacherous. The danger was apparent along area expressways and tollways. Dozens of cars and trucks ended up in ditches after losing control.

"Not into it but it's dangerous. It's dangerous," said Jaime Moore, stranded motorist. "I avoided the other cars so that was fine. I'm happy. Everybody is safe. I didn't hit anybody. I'm safe, but it's dangerous."

"It's very slippery. Go slow, under 40," said Christina Arrigo, stranded motorist.

The storm also knocked out power to parts of the city and suburbs. In Tinley Park, a tree limb snapped by the heavy snow took out a live wire and started a small fire. In Midlothian, a live wire brought down by another tree limb covered a parked car and blocked the street.

Most of the power outages were in the city and the south suburbs. Only about 1,000 of them were in the north suburbs.

There were minor delays that have been reported at Midway and O'Hare. If you have a flight Monday morning, you may want to call ahead.

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