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Bitter cold expected to linger through week

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Temperatures will plunge across the Chicago area the rest of the week as bitter cold hits the area following a rough morning commute and delays at airports on Monday.

A snowstorm that blew through the area Sunday dropped 3.1 inches of snowfall at O'Hare International Airport, National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss said.

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In preparation for the morning commute, the city dispatched 287 trucks to plow and salt the streets overnight, said Molly Poppe, spokeswoman for the Department of Streets and Sanitation. The trucks cleared more than 9,000 lane miles and worked through the morning to clear remaining side streets and residential streets.

The 23-degree temperature reported about 5:30 a.m. was the anticipated high temperature for the day, the weather service said. The temperature had fallen to 16 degrees by 4 p.m. and is expected to continue dropping. Overnight temperatures could plummet as low as 12.

Temperatures dropped as low as the low teens with 12- to 24-mph winds at Soldier Field when the Bears and Dallas Cowboys kicked off Monday night.

Football fans bundled up to watch the game, with a wind chill as low as 10-below zero by gametime in some areas, the weather service said.

Sunday's snowfall began in the morning and continued through the evening, triggering numerous spinouts and at least 20 crashes on Cook County expressways during the overnight hours, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jason LoCoco said. None of the crashes were fatal and there were "very few" injuries reported.

As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, more than 160 flights had been cancelled at O'Hare and some flights were experiencing delays up to 30 minutes, according to the city' Dept. of Aviation. At Midway, flights were delayed at least 25 minutes Monday afternoon due to weather and "other issues."

And more snow is expected through the week, as another strong storm system is forecast to move through the area late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, Deubelbeiss said.

The weather services expects that storm to bring a few inches of snowfall just in time for the Wednesday morning commute.

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Commuters were met with slick roadways and snowy sidewalks Monday morning. Meteorologists are expecting temperatures to plunge across the Chicago area the rest of the week. More>>

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