Fox Valley residents say they are ‘sick and tired’ of the cold
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media January 27, 2014 12:58PM
On Saturday, Bill Mikuls had frost across his brow while snow blowing the sidewalks in his Geneva neighborhood. "I have to say this is the worst winter in the last couple of decades," Mikuls said. | Linda Girardi ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 3, 2014 12:52PM
People up before sunrise Monday seemed to have a resilient coat of armor for dealing with the stubborn Arctic weather pattern that pushed another round of bone-chilling air into the Fox Valley.
Commuters at the Metra stations in Geneva and Aurora expressed sighs of relief that trains were running on schedule for their commute to work, but there was still uncertainty for the commute home.
Forecasters called for sub-zero temperatures and wind chills over the next couple of days.
“I am more than sick and tired of the cold weather,” said Melissa Williams, of Geneva.
Williams, an oncologist nurse at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, said the cold winter is definitely something she will likely never forget.
“There have been nights that I have gotten home at nine o’clock at night due to train delays and I have to be up early the next day. I have to do everything within my power to be there for my patients,” Williams said.
Over the pubic intercom in Geneva, commuters were alerted of possible delays and for the earliest departures they had to board trains from the south platform, which meant an extra walk around the tracks.
Charis Crayton, of Batavia, commutes to the University of Chicago where she is in her first year of undergraduate studies.
“The wind cuts your face, it’s horrible,” Crayton said.
The student said she relocated from Georgia where the winters are more tolerable.
“I am fed up with the cold,” she said.
Jack Althoff is a civil engineer who commutes to get to his office in Chicago.
“As long as I get to work, it’s OK,” Althoff said. “My thoughts are for those who have to work outside or are homeless. That is my worry.”
Montgomery Police Officer Ken Hester began a 12-hour shift at 3 a.m. by responding to calls for help from motorists whose cars were in ditches after blustery winds created white-out conditions on some roadways.
With nearly 30 years in law enforcement, Hester recalled only one other winter as bad, while having a sip of a cup of coffee at The River View Diner in Montgomery.
“I remember only December 1983 it being this bone-chilling cold,” Hester said.
Hester credited the department’s SUV for making a real difference in being able to respond to three separate calls of stranded motorists whose vehicles ended in roadside ditches.
“Thank goodness I am off tomorrow,” the veteran police officer said.
Hayley Hogan, of Aurora, said she too, relies on the trains to get her to classes at Columbia College in Chicago. “I have to stick this cold weather out, I am paying for the tuition,” she said.
“Luckily I was on winter break a few weeks ago,” Hogan said.
On Saturday, Bill Mikuls was snow blowing the sidewalks on Fourth and Stevens streets in his Geneva neighborhood, knowing the deep freeze would return Monday and Tuesday.
Mikuls, an environmental engineer, believes this has to be one of the toughest winters in his 53 years living in the Chicago area. “I have to say this is the worst winter in the last couple of decades,” Mikuls said. “I was talking to my neighbor, we are all tired of the winter and we are only halfway through.”
Mikuls seemed resigned to the icy weather that has plagued the Fox Valley.
“There is nothing we can do other than look forward to spring,” Mikuls said.