Metra Already Warning About 'Likely' Monday Delays

Temperatures are expected to drop well below zero to begin next week.

By Joe O'Donnell

After the extremely cold temperatures of early January caused train delays and cancelations, Metra is getting out ahead of the extremely cold temperatures of late January.

An alert posted to the Metra website Friday morning warns riders that trains are "likely" to be delayed Monday, when the National Weather Service is forecasting a high temperature of -4 degrees and a low temperature of -18.

"Please allow extra travel time to assure safe passage to and from your destination," the Metra alert reads. "In the interest of safety, we will be operating at reduced speeds, if necessary, to reduce the stress on the rails. Cold weather often leads to slower boarding and we therefore expect station stops to be longer than usual."

More than two dozen Metra trains were canceled during the polar vortex's first go-around on Monday, Jan. 6, according to theChicago Tribune

"The last time the Chicago area experienced such a combination of heavy snow and severe cold were the winters of 1978-79 and 1983-84," the Metra alert reads. "Metra, BNSF and UP managers and employees are doing everything possible to keep the trains running."

Did you get caught up in the Metra cancelations earlier this month? Tell us about it in the comments!

Hernendo RevolveR January 27, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Just remember these days the next time the "global warming" alarmists start spewing their nonsense.
Kate Duff January 27, 2014 at 01:07 AM
It might be a good idea to review what "global" means. Much as we may like to think the American midwest represents the entire world, sadly it does not. While we are enjoying the dubious pleasures of being human icicles, Australia -- a country roughly the size of mainland USA -- is enduring record heat waves with temperatures over 110 degrees F and out-of-control bushfires.
Nick002 January 27, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Just as with a pitcher with a 7.0 ERA can still throw a strikeout, a world experiencing global warming (climate change, actually) can still experience a cold day.
RJ Martin January 27, 2014 at 02:32 PM
As I've tried to help my kids with science homework over the years (with not too much success!!) I've learned all kinds of interesting things, and although the terms are used to refer to the same thing "global warming" and "climate change" aren't the same. The easiest way to remember is that climate change (local) is the result of global warming (global). As the arctic ocean continues to warm, steam rises, causing ice to get thicker, causing the air stream to get colder, that air stream travels (global) and where/when it is winter, winters are colder. As Kate said, where/when it is summer, summers are hotter, droughts last longer, etc. It is the climate changing because the earth is getting warmer. It amazes me that politicians, radio hosts, etc., can't open their minds to take the time to understand this concept. Because they think they're smarter than the scientists that are actually studying this?!?


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