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Monday, March 4, 2024

Fog and flood warning yet to be lifted along Naperville Riverwalk

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At 3PM Fri., Jan. 26, 2024, The Weather Channel forecast read, “Showers tapering off early with foggy conditions overnight. Areas of patchy fog. Low 34F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.”

The DuPage River is over the low flow walk along the Riverwalk. Yellow caution tape restricts entry where water is high and ice covers the brick path. Be safe. Always respect the power of water. (PN Photo)

The current temperature is hovering between 34 and 39 degrees. Ice and snow are melting, it’s drizzling here and there, and the DuPage River is up over the low flow walkways along the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk Visionaries sculpture on the Century Walk tour depicts businessman Jim Moser and Mayor Chet Rybicki. On this day, Jan. 26, 2024, the likenesses of the two men who represent can-do spirit are dripping wet at lunchtime. (PN Photo)

Beginning near Main Street and all along the winding path to the Jefferson Avenue Bridge, caution tape warns walkers to stay on high ground.

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Caution! Steps will become slippery when the temperature drops. Already, the low flow walk is covered with water on both sides of the DuPage River. (PN Photo)

Geese and ducks are sounding off all along the Riverwalk, especially gathering near the ice hockey rink near Centennial Beach.

Loudly protesting geese are feeding near the ice hockey rink. Watch wildlife, including ducks and geese, find their own food. No hockey or ice skating this weekend.  (PN Photo)

The DuPage River is rushing. Remember to respect the power of water. Be safe.

Since May 2017, the 9 ft. tall Dick Tracy sculpture has been located on higher ground to keep the Century Walk art out of high water. Originally set in 2010 closer to the river’s edge, the world’s most recognized crime stopper is safer now.

Thanks to the Naperville Park District, the winding brick path was cleared for safe passage this afternoon. Yellow caution tape barricades prevent access to steps where water is high. Thanks to all crews out there working to keep the community safe.

Keep storm drains free of snow and ice

Finally, check the storm drains along the curb in your neighborhood. Storm drain covers need to be clear of ice along the curbs to help prevent flooding.

January 21 seems like just yesterday…

The other day, for a few brief hours, we had high hopes for sunny days during a trek up the backside of the Sled Hill in May Watts Park. Blue skies greeted youngsters on sleds and the temperature was way below zero.

Looking up from Whispering Hills Drive, this view of the top of Sled Hill at May Watts Park shows what -4 degrees looks like on Sun., Jan. 21. (PN Photo)

On January 21, joyful sounds of kids all bundled up while sledding on the other side of this hill fill the air. A week later, caws from big black birds are less than cheerful.

Looking up from Whispering Hills Drive, this view looking toward the top of Sled Hill at May Watts Park shows what 38 degrees looks like on Sun., Jan. 28. (PN Photo)

Gray skies continue and all week families have been waiting for more sunshine to go with the rising temperatures.

No matter if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, spring 2024 arrives on March 19.

Enjoy the great outdoors along the Riverwalk & in 140 local parks

The red Landforms Sculpture created by artist Jack Arnold was a gift to the Riverwalk from the Naperville Art League in 1984. Find the iconic work of art located in the heart of town near Eagle Street at Jackson Avenue. (PN Photo)
Weekend Forecast from National Weather Service / 9PM Fri., Jan. 26, 35 degrees
 
Tonight / Patchy drizzle before midnight. Widespread dense fog, mainly after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph.
Saturday / Widespread dense fog, mainly before 10AM. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 40. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 10 mph.
Saturday Night / A 20 percent chance of rain before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday / Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. North northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Sunday Night / Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Gray skies are gonna clear up!

—PN

Last updated, Jan. 28, 2024

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