01/08/2014 12:10 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Chicago Weather: City Emerges From Deep Freeze, But Travel Woes And Burst Pipes Remain

Though temperatures in Chicago are soaring into the double digits for the first time in days Wednesday, the impact is still very much being felt of the brutal deep freeze the city was under since Sunday.

On the heels of 37 consecutive hours of sub-zero temperatures, including double-digit below zero wind chills that reached as low as -42, frozen pipes were bursting throughout the Chicago area, including at the Columbia store on the Mag Mile and at a Cook County courthouse, flooding the lobby and forcing the building's closure, according to ABC Chicago.

The Leo Burnett office in the Loop experienced water -- not feces, the office is claiming contrary to initial reports -- pouring down on its 15th floor on Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times notes, and a sprinkler system of a commercial building in Albany Park burst Tuesday night, sending water pouring into the street.

Meanwhile, travelers at the city's airports and at Union Station were still having problems trying to get to their destinations.

WGN reports cancelations at down at O'Hare from their peak of earlier in the week, but that many passengers are still awaiting flights as the airport works to get back on schedule.

Meanwhile, Metra continued to experience minor delays on its rail service Wednesday morning, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and Amtrak is also struggling to get back to its usual service, canceling some trains Wednesday.

Wednesday also marked the return to class for many Chicago-area students, including those attending Chicago Public Schools. The district reopened after closing both Monday and Tuesday over the extreme cold.

The city's Divvy Bikes program also returned Wednesday after being shut down for much of the last week, DNAinfo Chicago reports.

In excellent news for Chicago's stir-crazy population, the weather is going to continue to warm up in the days ahead. CBS Chicago reports a high of 26 forecast for Thursday, then 37 on both Friday and Saturday.



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