WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT Monday, January 8 at 8 p.m. until Tuesday, January 9 at Noon
WHAT: Winter Weather Advisory
Wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph. Area includes the Chicago metro and area and portions of central and northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.
IMPACTS: Plan on slippery road conditions. Hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute on Tuesday, January 9. Drivers are advised to slow down and use caution while traveling.
The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) is ready to respond to snow expected later today. More than 200 salt spreaders will be out on City streets, monitoring conditions on arterial routes, DuSable Lake Shore Drive, as well as city bridges and overpasses, to ensure roads are safe and passable for emergency vehicles, public transportation and other travelers during the morning commute.
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) strongly encourages caution while driving and following these safety tips:
· Allow extra time to reach your destination.
· Leave plenty of space between vehicles.
· Have a full tank of gas and let friends and relatives know where you are going.
· Make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle with a cell phone charger, flashlight, food, and water.
· Yield to emergency vehicles as well as Streets and Sanitation salt spreaders and plows.
As a reminder, the Overnight Winter Parking Ban is in effect through April on major streets. The ban helps ensure public safety by allowing emergency vehicles, public transportation and other travelers to move freely during snowy and icy weather. Please follow posted signage restrictions. For more details: City of Chicago :: Winter Snow Parking Restrictions
OEMC will monitor weather conditions with the National Weather Service in Chicago and coordinate response efforts with the City’s public safety and infrastructure departments and public partners to keep residents safe and informed. Additionally, OEMC issues several alerts and notifications to keep residents up to date on weather conditions and emergencies: · Notify Chicago: Sign up for emergency alerts at www.NotifyChicago.org
· CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5
· CHIBIZ: Business updates, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3
The City of Chicago would like to remind residents to provide any needed assistance to neighbors, family members, the elderly and those most vulnerable. If you need to request a well-being check you can call 311, go to 311.chicago.gov, or use the CHI311 mobile app.
ChicagoOEMC App (video) – Winter Weather Preparedness and Weather Forecasts
For Winter safety and preparedness at your fingertips, residents are encouraged to download the Chicago OEMC App. The public safety tool provides safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, weather information, DSS Snowplow Tracker and more in the palm of your hand. Users will also have access to current forecasts, radar, and public safety information as well. The app is available through the Apple App and Google Play stores or visit the website, Chicago.gov/OEMC.
For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at Chicago.gov/OEMC. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook(@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).