State and local authorities brace for winter storms battering Illinois – NBC Chicago

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Chicago-area officials are busy preparing for the possibility of not one, but two winter storms that could bring heavy snowfall to the region in the coming days.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning has been issued for Kankakee County in Illinois, as well as Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper counties in Indiana, beginning Tuesday evening at 10 p.m. hours and extending until 6 pm on Thursday.

A winter storm watch is also in effect for central and southern Cook County, as well as LaSalle, Grundy and Will counties in Illinois, beginning Tuesday evening and extending through Thursday afternoon. .

While it’s unclear how much snow the region could expect from the storms, the first flurry of snow is expected to arrive Tuesday evening, bringing between 6 and 12 inches of accumulations to communities in the winter storm warning.

A second flurry of snow could impact the area Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon, bringing an additional 3 to 6 inches of accumulation. Some areas could see more snow, depending on the storm’s track as it crosses the Midwest.

With potentially heavy snow heading towards the area, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation are bracing for several days of travel impacts, as the snow could cause huge headaches Wednesday and Thursday.

Chicago officials say more than 300 snow removal vehicles are ready to be mobilized if needed, though it’s unclear how much the storm will impact the city itself.

Officials say more than 425,000 tons of salt are parked on 19 lots across the city, and the trucks will focus on clearing thoroughfares, including DuSable Lake Shore Drive, before moving on to other city streets.

IDOT officials say they also have plenty of salt in store to combat the upcoming snowfall, urging residents to postpone unnecessary travel and yield to snow removal and emergency vehicles on roads. roads during the storm.

Residents can use gettingaroundillinois.com to check conditions in their area and to follow the snowplows as they clear the roads.

The Chicago OEM also provided the following advice to residents:

– Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.

– Leave extra space between vehicles.

– Have a full gas tank and let your friends and family know where you are going to drive.

-Make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including blankets, a charged cell phone, and other materials.

-Give way to emergency vehicles, salt spreaders and snow plows.

Finally, the City of Chicago announced that its warming centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents can visit the OEM’s website or call 311 for more information.

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