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Winter Weather: March 2, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for DuPage County in effect from 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Image courtesy of National Weather Service.) 

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Please slow down and use caution while driving. 

Report Power Outages

Call ComEd to report outages and/or down power lines at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661).  Sign up for outage alerts on your mobile devices at the following link

Warming Centers

A warming center will be made available when outside temperatures are below 20 degrees and temperatures indoors are 50 degrees or less. Residents experiencing these conditions for any reason can call 911 to request sheltering assistance.This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Transportation to a warming center will be provided if needed. The following locations are available as warming centers on a daily basis during the hours listed for each of these public facilities:

Downers Grove Park District
Rec Center
4500 Belmont Road (630) 960-7250 M-F, 
5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m
Sat, 6:00 a.m . to 7:00 p.m.
Sun, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Downers Grove Park District
Lincoln Center
935 Maple Avenue (630) 963-1300 M-F, 
8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:30am - 1:00pm

Downers Grove Library  1050 Curtiss (630) 960-1200

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sat, 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Sun, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Downers Grove Fire Station #2 5420 Main St. (630) 434-5976 M-F, 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Downers Grove Police Dept.
825 Burlington Ave (630) 434-5600 M-F, 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

PLEASE PHONE FIRST TO BE SURE THE LOCATION IS OPEN. Times subject to change. Please remember to check on the well being of friends and neighbors during severe weather conditions, especially the elderly or homebound.

General Winter Reminders

Residents are reminded of the following:

Example of cleared fire hydrant.

  • Parking on streets and in public parking lots is prohibited between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. when three 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, if you are able.
  • If you have a fire hydrant nearby, please take care that it is cleared out and visible for firefighters. 

Winter Driving Tips Caution sign for snow and ice.

Winter conditions call for different driving tactics. Ice and snow, take it slow:  Slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking.

  • Slow down for wet, snowy, or icy conditions; when visibility is poor; or when conditions are changing or unpredictable.
  • Increase the car length between vehicles in front of you and give yourself plenty of room to stop. Stopping on snow and ice requires extra time and distance.  Even if you drive an SUV with four-wheel drive, you may not be able to stop any faster, or maintain control any better, once you lose traction. Four-wheel drive may get you going faster, but it won't help you stop sooner.

    If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don't have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Brake early, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These are all candidates for developing black ice - a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.
  • When driving in adverse road conditions, look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do. Actions by other vehicles will alert you to problems more quickly, and give you that split-second of extra time to react safely.
  • Merge slowly into traffic, since sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slide. 
  • Avoid excessive actions while steering, braking or accelerating to lessen the chances of losing control of the vehicle.
  • Don't take chances when pulling out in front of approaching vehicles. Remember, they may not be able to slow down and you may not be able to accelerate as quickly as on dry pavement.
  • Remember to accelerate gradually.
  • Avoid using cruise control in winter driving conditions. You need to be in control of when your vehicle accelerates based on road conditions - don't let the cruise control make a bad decision for you.  

Safe Travel around Snowplows  

  • Don't crowd the plow. Snowplows plow far and wide, sometimes VERY 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.

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