WHAT: The National Weather Service in Chicago is forecasting heavy snowfall and dangerous travel. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 11 inches are expected. The highest snowfall rates, up to one inch per hour, will be after midnight tonight through early Wednesday afternoon.
IMPACTS: Hazardous conditions will impact morning and evening runs on Wednesday 2 February.
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) strongly encourages safe driving and following these safety tips:
• Allow more time to reach your destination.
• Leave enough space between vehicles.
• Have a full tank of gas and let friends and family 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 road salt and sanitation spreaders and plows.
OEMC will monitor weather conditions with the NWS and coordinate response efforts with city public safety and infrastructure departments and public partners to keep residents safe and informed. Additionally, OEMC issues several alerts and notifications to keep residents informed of weather conditions and emergencies:
• Notify Chicago: Sign up for emergency alerts at www.NotifyChicago.org
• CHILAKE: For Lakeside Reviews, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5
• COVID: Get COVID-19 updates by TEXTING “COVID19” to 6-7-2-8-3
• CHIBIZ: Business Updates, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3
the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) manages more than 9,400 miles of urban roads and maintains a fleet of more than 300 snowmobiles ready to react to winter conditions when needed. DSS is also prepared with 425,000 tons of salt stationed on 19 salt piles throughout the city, including a new salt dome at Grand Ave. and Rockwell St. Residents can visit www.chicagoshovels.org to see the city’s snow plows in real time during a winter storm.
the transport department would like to remind residents that the City’s Snow Ordinance requires property owners to clear a path at least 5 feet wide on all sidewalks adjacent to their property, including crosswalk ramps. Snow must not be shoveled into the right-of-way, which includes the following: transit stops and bus platforms, parking spaces, bike paths, bike racks, Divvy stations and any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind. Persons found pushing snow in the public right-of-way may be subject to a subpoena. If you are responsible for a corner lot, you must remove snow and ice from the sidewalks on all sides of your building as well as the sidewalk corner ramps. This applies to owners of residential and commercial buildings.
The public can help us help them by reporting uncleared sidewalks through the 311 system, either by phone or using the CHI 311 app. Inspectors follow up on all complaints and usually respond to a first offense with a warning . But will enforce the law, especially when it comes to businesses and multi-family buildings that ignore warnings and fail to clear their sidewalks.
The City of Chicago would like to remind residents to provide all necessary assistance to neighbors, family members, the elderly and the most vulnerable. If you need to request a health check, you can call 311, go to 311.chicago.gov, or use the CHI311 mobile app.
For more information on emergency preparedness, 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).
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