Lake effect snow causes white-out

February 25, 2010 9:05:24 AM PST
White-out conditions were seen in the area overnight as lake-effect snow piled up.Ill. Dept. of Transportation trucks were out trying to keep up with the falling snow.

Snow piled up downtown and in the south suburbs. It's likely to blame for a crash involving a cab that ending up in the median on Wacker Drive. And on Lake Shore Drive, a car ran off the road.

Chicago Streets and Sanitation had 175 snow-fighting trucks working overnight trying to keep main routes and Lake Shore Drive clear for the morning rush.

Most of the area received about 1-3 inches.

The snow started piling up in north and northwest suburbs at the tail end of the evening commute Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, northwest Indiana got hit hard. It made for scenic pictures but also made for some tricky driving.

"I can deal with it because I have been here for 60 years, so I'm used to the seasonal weather," said Curtis Vanzant.

Parts of northwest Indiana are expected to get up to several inches of snow by midday Thursday, and many residents are over it.

"It's been affecting me a lot. I['ll] be driving from here to the city and it's real dangerous out here," said Tiffany Hogan.

"I'm tired of it. I really am. I got to go to work in a few. I'm going to be outside. It's not going to be fun," said Tim Ghoston.

Supplies were in stock at the hardware store in Gary, where the manager says he's probably the only person happy for snow because it brings in business.

"I absolutely need the snow. This is the slowest time of year for a business like ours and without snow and ice, we don't sell anything," said Matt Jones, Ace Hardware manager.

The snow makes for tough driving conditions, which means business also picks up at auto-body shops.

"More jobs come in because more people are obviously wrecking, so it is kind of good for us, bad for the customer because they got to pay to fix their cars. But it keeps our work going," said Nicholaus Stoddard, auto shop worker.

Drivers should keep in mind that there is a greater risk for accidents on slippery roads and should allow travel extra time.