As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, the West Chicago area remains in a Winter Storm Warning according to the US National Weather Service. The Winter Storm Warning is expected to last through Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. The City remains ready for any extreme weather incidents, and we ask our community members to do the same.
Please see the following tips for a Winter Storm Warning from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with some important reminders from the City:
- If possible, stay off roads, or create an emergency supply kit if heading out. If trapped in your car, please stay inside your vehicle and call 9-1-1.
- It is prohibited, and unsafe, for vehicles to be on City streets after 2+ inches of snowfall.
- Use generators outside only, and never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
- Stay indoors and dress warmly. If you need to go outside, wear layers of warm clothing.
- Listen for emergency information and alerts. More information about emergency alerts can be found here: https://www.ready.gov/alerts
- Prepare for power outages. If gathering supplies, keep in mind each specific person’s needs, including medication. Also, please do not forget the needs of pets.
- Check on neighbors. Older adults and children are more at risk from extreme cold or overexertion when shoveling snow.
- If safe to do so, please clear at least 3’ around fire hydrants so the West Chicago Fire Protection District can quickly respond to any incidents in your area.
- Do not plow or shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street.
If we receive a large amount of snow, please be patient, as our City crews will be working hard to clear our roads as quickly, and safely, as possible. For more information about the City’s snow removal process, please visit: https://westchicago.org/services-guide/snow-removal/
For more information about Winter Weather Preparedness, visit the National Weather Service’s website: https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter