A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013. With possible snow accumulation of anywhere between 3 and 10 inches and forecasted temperatures just slightly above freezing, conditions can quickly move from mild to extreme. Village crews and equipment are prepared for whatever comes this way, despite the uncertainty of the predicted storm.
2/27/13 9:00 a.m. Main roads are clear and salted as of 7:00 a.m. Cul de sacs and dead end streets are 50% complete. All commuter parking lots are cleared and salted.
5:00 p.m. Plows are now shifting to secondary streets in order to facilitate traffic flow on main throughfares during rush hour. Snow operations willl continue throughout the evening and early morning hours.
3:30 p.m. Crews are working to keep major through streets safe for rush hour travel and will continue on to secondary streets thereafter. Commuter lots should have center lane clearance. Train station platforms will be cleared by the Village contractor, who will then move to clearing downtown sidewalks.
The Village's snow supervisory team is monitoring multiple weather reporting services to stay a step ahead of the advancing storm. The Snow Removal plan is reviewed yearly and is formulated to maintain safe travel routes throughout town. We are committed to achieving the following results:
- All through streets cleared within 12 hours after the storm ends
- All cul de sacs and dead end streets cleared within 18 hours after the storm ends
Snow operations are now under 24-hour operation and trucks are out salting the roads. One thing's for certain, if a storm hits with heavy wet snow through the rush hour, motorists should expect snow packed roads due to the challenges of plowing during this busy travel time. Motorists should expect slower travel times during the evening rush hour, exercise caution, and be aware of the following with regards to plows:
- Please, don't crowd the plow. Snowplows plow far and wide. The front plow extends several feet in front of the truck and may cross the centerline and shoulders during plowing operations.
- Don't tailgate or stop too close behind snowplows. Snow plows are usually spreading de-icing materials from the back of the truck and may need to stop or take evasive action to avoid stranded vehicles. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it or use caution when passing. The road behind a snow plow will be safer to drive on.
- On multiple lane roads, watch for snow plows operating in either lane.
- Don't travel beside a plow for long periods. When plowing through a snowdrift or packed snow, the impact can move the truck sideways.
- Snow plows can throw up a cloud of snow that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you can react. Drive smart. Never drive into a snow cloud- it could conceal a snow plow.
- Snow plows travel much slower than the posted speeds while removing snow and ice from the roads. When you spot a plow, allow plenty of time to slow down.
- A snow plow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them but they may not see you
- Plows turn and exit the road frequently. Give them plenty of room.
Residents are reminded of the following:
- Parking on streets is prohibited between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. when 3 or more inches of snow have fallen.
- It is against village ordinance to shovel, place, or blow snow or ice onto the street, sidewalk or any right-of-way.
- Please remember to be a good neighbor and shovel your sidewalk and any nearby fire hydrants, if you are able.