Above / Archived photos tracked from May Watts Park in January 2014 remind us of another snowy morning when the temperature was way below zero five years ago in Naperville. Brace yourself for blustery bitter cold Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2019. (PN File Photo)


Earlier today this page was updated with meeting cancellations and other notes added at the end…

6PM, Jan. 30, 2019 / Update from the City of Naperville does not repeat info from earlier today or yesterday… 

Due to the cold weather, the north elevator in the Van Buren Parking Deck is currently out of service and will not be operational until temperatures rise. Other elevators at that location are operational at this time.

The City has assembled a list of tips to assess and treat frozen pipes at www.naperville.il.us/severecold. Residents who notice weaker than normal water pressure with no signs of frozen pipes or have no water should contact City Dispatch at (630) 420-6187.

If you must travel, drive slow, pay close attention to road conditions, and be prepared for the possibility of encountering black ice. Remember, road salt becomes ineffective at these temperatures.  

Reminder: If you are concerned about a love one’s well-being during this time, contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 to arrange for a non-emergency wellness check.

10AM, Jan. 30, 2019 / Update from the City of Naperville… The wind chill in Naperville is currently -47F. Residents are reminded to take precautions to protect themselves and loved ones throughout the duration of this unprecedented and life-threatening cold weather. If possible, stay indoors. Wind chills this cold can freeze exposed skin in as little as five minutes. If you must go outdoors, limit your time and dress in layers with hats, scarves, face masks, and mittens or gloves.

Below and posted yesterday is important information regarding service changes due to the cold, as well as important tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during this time. For an extensive list of cold weather tips and resources, please visit www.naperville.il.us/severecold.

Traffic Alerts

Due to a water main break, the westbound lanes of Ogden Avenue between Washington and Mill streets are currently experiencing icy conditions. Eastbound lanes are currently unaffected. Public Works crews have treated this area extensively; however, due to the dangerously cold temperatures, road salt is ineffective, and the roadway remains icy. Traffic control is in place. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution and avoid the area if possible. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until this weekend, which means this area could remain ice-covered until that time.


2019 Naperville Restaurant Week extended until Feb. 6

Christine Jeffries, President, Naperville Development Partnership, has announced for Dine Naperville that in response to the PV (Polar Vortex), Naperville Restaurant Week will be extended for three more days beyond Feb. 3. Restaurant Week is now happening through Wed., Feb. 6.

For more information, visit www.dinenaperville.com.


Originally Posted, Jan. 29. Updated, Jan. 30, 2019 / Be smart and stay safe when the high for today continues to dip way below zero. Adhere to wind chill warnings that bitter cold temperatures that began Jan. 29 and will persist through Thursday.

When we first checked at 5:28AM Wed., Jan. 30, this indoor thermometer read minus 21.2 degrees outside. This caption will keep you posted as the sub-zero temperature fluctuates throughout the day! For instance, at 9:18AM, the thermometer read minus 20.1.

Repeatedly, reports advise that the blustery wind combined with sub-zero temperatures could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as five minutes. Wear layers. Bundle up. Cover all exposed skin. 

Be prepared to drive with caution

Also, be prepared for possible delays in traffic. Allow a little extra time when traveling. Be extra careful when turning corners where ice might collect. Even when it’s sunny, drive with extra caution because gusty winds blow snow, resulting in reduced visibility and hazardous travel.

If you must travel, place extra blankets, coats and hats in your car.

(You might skip reading this info because you’re already a safe driver in all kinds of weather conditions. Thanks for reading anyway. And be sure young drivers in you life are aware of winter driving conditions if this winter is their first year with a driver’s license.)

Stay safe during coldest snap in more than 10 years

Starting late Tuesday night, DuPage County will enter its coldest snap in more than a decade. Temperatures will stay below freezing both day and night. The winter conditions will result in potentially life-threatening wind chills. Take some time to make sure your home is ready and make sure your family is safe!

If you cannot stay in your home, use this list of heating centers in DuPage County to find a warm place to stay. Please call the heating center first to make sure they are open and operating.

Metra has released a modified schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tips to keep your pets safe in extreme cold.

Report an outage with ComEd, check repair status, or view outage maps.

Check in on your local weather forecast.

If you need additional assistance, please visit the Community Resource Information System’s website. If you need to speak with someone, please call (800) 942-9412.

In an emergency, please call 911. If you have non-emergency situations, please contact your local municipality. Determine your local municipality’s non-emergency number now before it’s needed!

Naperville’s non-emergency number is (630) 420-6666.


Cold Weather Fire Prevention and Safety

  • Never use an oven or stovetop to heat your home.
  • Use of space heaters is not recommended. If you must use a space heater, make sure it is UL certified and located at least three feet from anything that could ignite.
  • If using extension cords, make sure they are UL certified and only connected to one appliance. Cords should never be placed under a carpet.

Frozen Pipes

To keep pipes from freezing on an outside wall:

  • Let hot and cold water trickle or drip at night from a faucet.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or near an outer wall.
  • Make sure the heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees.

If a pipe freezes:

  • Make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water in case a pipe bursts.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Use a hair dryer instead.
  • Always be careful of the potential for electric shock around standing water.

FYI / Naperville school closings procedures and late start schedule

Township Consolidation Meeting I at the Municipal Center Jan. 30… Canceled

The Township Consolidation meeting scheduled from 7PM to 10PM Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, at the Naperville Municipal Center has been canceled. For info and updates about the meeting, visit www.napervilletownship.com.


Life’s a beach! Think Centennial Beach in the good old summertime. Plan to dive in for fun Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, take every precaution when temperatures are forecast to dip way below freezing.

Naperville Park District facilities and programs closed from 8PM Jan. 29 until 9AM Feb. 1

All Naperville Park District programs and facilities are canceled or closed beginning at 8PM Tues., Jan. 29 until 9AM on Fri., Feb. 1.  Cancellations and closures include:

  • All scheduled classes and practices
  • Drop-in programs
  • Fort Hill Activity Center
  • Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center
  • Knoch Knolls Nature Center
  • 95th Street Center
  • All other Park District office locations

Program participants affected by the cancellation will receive makeup information at their next class. 

On Thursday, January 31 all programs are canceled.  The cancellation includes all programs, practices, drop-in activities, group exercise classes, childcare and open gyms.  Fort Hill Activity Center and Park District offices will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. All other facilities will reopen with normal hours on Friday, February 1.


All DuPage County Health Department Public Health Centers closed Wed., Jan. 30 due to dangerous weather
Low temperatures and windchill a public health concern

DUPAGE COUNTY—Due to the forecast of dangerously low temperatures that will affect the area late Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday, DuPage County Health Department’s Public Health Centers in Addison, Lombard, West Chicago, Westmont and Wheaton will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

All appointments for Wednesday are being rescheduled.

The Health Department’s Crisis Hotline (630) 627-1700 will remain in operation.

All offices will reopen at 10AM on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

DuPage County Health Department clients with questions are asked to please call (630) 682-7400.


Naper School on Eagle Street (PN File Photo)

School District 203 after-school activities canceled after 5PM Jan. 29 & schools closed Jan. 30-31

This announcement is to inform you that schools will be closed in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31 as we anticipate extreme weather.  This closure includes all District buildings and staff.  For more information, please visit www.naperville203.org.

All after school activities will be canceled starting at 5PM Tuesday, January 29, 2019 through Thursday, January 31. 

High school, January 31, after school activities will be determined by 12PM on Thursday.

Este anuncio es para informarle que las escuelas en el Distrito Escolar de la Unidad Comunitaria de Naperville 203 estarán cerradas mañana, miércoles 30 de enero y el jueves 31 de enero, ya que anticipamos un clima extremo. Este cierre incluye todos los edificios y para todos los empleados del Distrito. Para obtener más información, visite www.naperville203.org.

Todas las actividades después de la escuela serán canceladas a partir de las 5 p.m. hoy, Martes, 29 de enero de 2019 y hasta el jueves, 31 de enero. Las actividades escolares para enero 31, en las preparatorias se determinarán a las 12:00 p.m. el día jueves.


May Watts Elementary School (PN File Photo)

District 204 announces closings Jan. 29, Jan. 30 and Jan. 31

Tuesday, January 29, 2019: All elementary and middle school after-school activities are canceled. This includes building rental programs. The YMCA will still operate its Safe ‘n Sound program. Information on high school after-school activities will be communicated directly from your school.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019: All schools will be closed. This includes students who receive transportation for out of district programs. All after-school and evening activities are canceled. This includes building rental programs. The district’s administrative office will be closed.

Thursday, January 31, 2019: All schools will be closed. This includes students who receive transportation for out of district programs. All after-school and evening activities are canceled. This includes building rental programs. The district’s administrative office will be closed.

Follow @ipsd204 on Twitter and check www.ipsd.org for updates. Stay safe and warm!


Briefs about Naperville City Service Cancellations Wed. & Thurs.

Waste Management and Groot, the City’s garbage and recycling contractors, will not collect garbage and recycling on Wed., Jan. 30. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of this week. At this time Groot anticipates a delayed 7AM service start on Thurs., Jan. 31.

The Electronics Recycling Center at the City’s Environmental Collection Campus is closed both Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thurs., Jan. 31 due to the extreme cold weather, and the Recycling Drop-Off Center is closed Jan. 30.

In addition, the Naperville Police Department will not be offering fingerprinting services to residents on Jan. 30.

Residents with questions about an organization’s closures or cancellations should reach out directly to that organization for the most up-to-date information.

For an extensive list of cold weather tips and resources, please visit www.naperville.il.us/severecold.

DuPage County & Will County Warming Centers

Both DuPage and Will counties maintain lists of facilities that act as warming centers during periods of extreme cold. Please contact the facilities before utilizing them to ensure they are open.


Anderson’s Bookshop events postponed due to frigid conditions

The NAPERVILLE READS at NCHS on Jan. 29 and the book event at Anderson’s Bookshops on Jan. 30 have been postponed due to the extreme winter weather heading our way. Please check www.Andersonsbookshop.com for updated information about rescheduling.

Postponed! Naperville Reads / Special Event Tuesday, January 29 at 7PM at Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave, Naperville

Katherine Applegate – Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author –  is our acclaimed Naperville Reads guest author for 2019! We’ll discuss her celebration of tolerance and inclusion, Wishtree. Now available as a soft-cover edition for adult readers. Tickets are free and available at NapervilleReads.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.                    

Postponed! Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen Presentation and Booksigning Wednesday, January 30 at 7PM at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville

The heart-racing thrills of last year’s The Wife Between Us kicks in again in the authors’ new novel, An Anonymous Girl. Meet authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen at Anderson’s Bookshop with their smart, surprising and suspenseful new book.  Anderson’s Bookshop is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave.


English Rows Eye Care Office closed Jan. 30

Due to the inclement weather expected in our area and for the safety of our patients and staff , our office (along Route 59 near 103rd Street) will be closed tomorrow, Wed., Jan. 30. We will be reopened from 10AM to 7PM on Thurs., Jan. 31. Thank you!


DuPage County Announces Closings Due to Weather

 Wheaton – DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin announced plans to close DuPage County administrative offices on Wednesday, Jan. 30 due to dangerously cold temperatures forecasted for the region. The DuPage Care Center and Jail will operate on their normal schedules, but all other County offices will be closed. DuPage County Public Works administrative offices in Woodridge will also be closed. On Thursday, Jan. 31, DuPage County Administrative Offices will reopen at 9:30AM.

According to an order from the Chief Judge, the 18th Judicial Circuit and all divisions thereof, including Field Courts, will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31, except for 8 a.m. Bond Court, which will be held in Courtroom 1000 both mornings. There will be no Bond Court at 4PM on Jan. 30 or 31. All cases set for those days will be continued to a date set by the judge.

Visit the DuPage County website and the 18th Judicial Circuit Court’s website for details on office closures.


Edward-Elmhurst Health cold weather closings (and openings) include Naperville

Due to the unprecedented and severe cold weather, Edward-Elmhurst Health is announcing the following locations and services will be closed on Wed., Jan. 30:

  • All outpatient locations (with the exception of those listed below)
  • All physician offices
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Jewel Walk-In Clinics
  • Linden Oaks Medical Group
  • Linden Oaks outpatient programs
  • Outpatient rehabilitation services
  • Wound care services

These Edward-Elmhurst Health locations and services will be open on Wed., Jan. 30:

  • Cancer Centers (Elmhurst, Naperville and Plainfield)
  • Edward Hospital outpatient services
  • Edward Medical Office Buildings 1 and 2 (on the campus of Edward Hospital)
  • Edward Plainfield campus – Emergency Department, Outpatient Center, Medical Office Building
  • Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness Centers (on the Edward Hospital campus and in Woodridge), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Elmhurst Center for Health (on the Elmhurst Hospital campus)
  • Elmhurst Hospital outpatient services
  • Immediate Care (including lab and radiology services) –Addison –Bolingbrook –Hinsdale –Lombard –Naperville –Oak Park –Oswego

All Edward-Elmhurst Health locations and services are scheduled to be open with normal hours on Thursday, January 31.

For additional information, visit www.EEHealth.org.


Rotary Club of Naperville / Downtown cancels regular meeting on Jan. 30

The Rotary Club of Naperville / Downtown that meets regularly at 4:44PM on Wednesdays at Hugo’s Frog Pond and Fish House in Main Street Promenade will not meet on Jan. 30.

The Rotary Club of Naperville / Downtown is one of four Rotary Clubs serving Naperville, Illinois. Chartered in February 2007, RCN / Downtown is a member of Rotary International and District 6450. For more information about the small, casual Rotary club that will host the 23rd Annual Rotary Ride, a bike ride set for Sun., Aug. 11, visit www.rcndowntown.com.


Loaves & Fishes Community Services Open House is canceled for Jan. 30

Loaves & Fishes Community Services Open House, originally scheduled for Jan. 30, has been reset for 6PM to 7:30PM Mon., Feb. 4. The public is welcome to this special event that will present the new strategic plan for the nonprofit organization that’s celebrating its 35th anniversary year.


The Environmental Pulse of DuPage County – A Summit on Jan. 31 is canceled

 For the safety of all, tomorrow’s DuPage Environmental Summit has been canceled. Organizers are exploring options for rescheduling and will email updates or changes. You can also click here to visit our website events page, where updates also will be posted.

The Conservation Foundations extends appreciation to speakers, exhibitors and staff who planned an outstanding morning of learning and networking. 

“We just feel it’s time to let Nature call the shots and we don’t want to put anyone in unnecessary danger,” organizers wrote in a News Flash.

Exchange Club of Naperville cancels luncheon scheduled for Feb. 1

John Dunham, President of the Exchange Club of Naperville, has announced that the first Friday in February club luncheon has been canceled due to weather conditions.
 
 

PN has memories of 2011 when the February issue also was delayed due to bitter cold. (PN file Photo)

With fond memories of a snowy February 2011, the latest print edition of Positively Naperville, scheduled for delivery hot off the press to begin on Wed., Jan. 30, has been postponed because of the bitter cold. Door-to-door delivery will begin Fri., Feb. 1.

For Weatherization Tips & More from Nicor Gas to Help Offset Heating Costs, Click here…

Note… Click here… Good advice when it’s subfreezing doesn’t change too much…