Snowfall forecast for Thursday evening; winter storm watch in effect
With the first winter weather event of the 2012-2013 season expected to take place Thursday evening, the City of Naperville reminds residents to monitor the latest weather forecasts and make preparations ahead of time to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
Residents are encouraged to visit the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov for current weather forecasts or their preferred media outlet. The Naperville area is currently under a Winter Storm Watch from Thursday evening through late Thursday night. A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
During winter weather events with more than two inches of snowfall, a snow removal status map will be updated at www.naperville.il.us/snowremoval.aspx.
“It’s important to plan ahead and make necessary trips now rather than during the height of winter weather,” Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Nelson said. “Make sure your winter emergency survival kit for your home and car is stocked and ready to go. If you will be traveling during this anticipated snowfall, remember to leave extra time to get to your destination and exercise caution on the roadways.”
Residents should not park their vehicles on the street during winter storms, as it makes snowplowing more difficult and leaves large amounts of snow on the roadway.
The City offers the following tips to stay safe during inclement winter weather:
A full list of tips can be found in the City’s Emergency Preparedness Guide, which is available at www.naperville.il.us/emergencyprepguide.aspx. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has also developed a preparedness document that includes valuable information about how to prepare a winter storm survival car kit and driving safety tips. This document is available to view at http://tinyurl.com/2emyp4n.
The City’s first priority during winter weather is a safe roadway system for its residents. Department of Public Works (DPW) employees will de-ice and plow roadways for as long as is needed using the City’s established priority plowing system. Main traffic routes and thoroughfares are plowed first followed by residential side streets and cul-de-sacs. DPW begins plowing whenever two inches of snow has accumulated on paved surfaces and snow is still falling. DPW staff will monitor the downtown and the train stations with City contractors providing de-icing and plowing services on all sidewalks in that area, parking decks and parking lots.
Residents can assist DPW crews in their efforts by doing the following:
Complete snow removal information is available at www.naperville.il.us/snowremoval.aspx.
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