Above / Since we began tracking the outdoor temperature at 5:30AM Jan. 30 when our indoor thermometer read  minus 21.2 , followed at 7:19AM by minus 22.9, we’re noting what a difference a day makes. At 10AM it was minus 17.5 degrees. The humidity is a little low. Be safe and warm and hydrated as the deep freeze begins to thaw slightly.

UPDATE, Feb. 1, 2019 / If you’re a member of the Naperville Adopt-the-Drain program, remember to break up ice and clear the snow on any curbside storm drains on your property.

Hats off to everyone who assists clearing ice-covered storm drains along the curb. Keeping storm drains clear will help prevent flooding when the snow begins to melt. Temperatures are expected to climb way above freezing through Feb. 4.

UPDATE, Jan. 31, 2019 / And thanks to everyone who found a way to work to provide the services, indoors and out, the community values.

UPDATE, 5:50PM Jan. 31 / Snow flurries… zero degrees… and another water main break needs attention. Thanks to the emergency crews for working this evening to get it working again along Oswego Road.

10AM Jan. 31, 2019 / Update on Dangerously Cold Weather in Naperville

 The Naperville area remains under a Wind Chill Warning until noon today, Jan. 31. Although temperatures are expected to begin rising by midday, it will remain below freezing until this weekend. Accumulating snowfall is forecast to start prior to this evening’s rush hour, and the cold temperatures will make road salt less effective. Residents are encouraged to use extreme caution, pay close attention to road conditions, and be prepared for the possibility of slick and snow-covered roads this evening and tomorrow morning.

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

Please continue to check on loved ones and those in need as this cold snap subsides to ensure their safety and comfort. If you are concerned about a love one’s well-being, contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 to arrange for a non-emergency wellness check. 

Updates and Reminders

The City has assembled a list of tips to assess and treat frozen pipes at www.naperville.il.us/severecold. If your pipes freeze, do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device to heat them. Use an electric hair dryer or wrap towels soaked in hot water around the frozen area. If you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber. More tips are 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.

All lanes of Ogden Avenue between Washington and Mill streets have re-opened to traffic following yesterday’s water main break and resulting icy conditions on the roadway. Salt and sand have been placed on the roadway to assist with traction; however, motorists should use extreme caution while traveling this stretch of road until temperatures rise and the ice fully melts. 

There will be no garbage and recycling collection today, Jan. 31. Residents with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday garbage collection should place their garbage containers at the curb by 6 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 1. Crews will complete collection to these homes by the end of the day on Saturday, Feb. 2. Recycling collection for those with Thursday and Friday collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of this week. Individuals with Wednesday recycling collection will not receive service until next Wednesday, Feb. 6.Due to the cold weather, the north elevator in the Van Buren Parking Deck remains out of service and will not be operational until temperatures rise. Other elevators at that location are operational at this time.

Temperatures are forecast to rise above freezing by this weekend. As pavement temperatures are still below freezing due to the cold snap, black ice could easily form on roadways. Public Works crews will be out salting; however, residents are advised to use caution and slow down while driving.

Submitted by Kate R. Schultz, Communications Specialist. City of Naperville.

Editor’s Note / And remember that yesterday Dine Naperville announced 2019 Naperville Restaurant Week has been extended through Wed., Feb. 6. Cheers!