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State and local officials prepare for winter storm that’s hitting Illinois – NBC Chicago

Officials across the Chicago area are busy preparing for the possibility of not one, but two, winter storms that could bring heavy snow to the area in the coming days.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning has been issued for Kankakee County in Illinois, along with Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana, beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday and lasting until 10 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday.

A winter storm warning is also in effect for central and southern Cook counties, along with LaSalle, Grundy and Will counties in Illinois, beginning Tuesday evening and continuing through Thursday afternoon.

While it’s not clear how much snow the area can expect from the storms, the first snow is expected to arrive Tuesday night, bringing a cumulative 6 to 12 inches for communities in the scene. winter storm warning.

A second snowfall could affect the area Wednesday night and through Thursday afternoon, bringing an additional 3 to 6 inches of accumulation. Some areas could see more snow, depending on the storm’s path as it moves through the Midwest.

With the possibility of heavy snow heading towards the area, both the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Sanitation and Streets are bracing for several days of travel impacts, with snow potentially causing severe storms. headaches on both Wednesday and Thursday.

More than 300 snow removal vehicles are ready to be deployed if needed, according to officials in Chicago, though it is unclear how much of an impact the storm will have on the city itself.

More than 425,000 tonnes of salt will be stationed in 19 lots across the city, officials said, and trucks will focus on clearing key roads, including DuSable Lake Shore Drive, before moving onto the streets. other of the city.

IDOT officials said they also have plenty of salt in stock to combat the upcoming snowfall, urging residents to postpone non-essential travel and make way for snow removal and emergency vehicles on the road in the meantime. storm.

Residents can use getaroundillinois.com to check conditions in their area and to monitor snow plows as they work to clear the road.

The OEMC of Chicago also offers the following advice to residents:

-Allow more time to reach your destination.

– Leave space between cars.

– Fill the tank with gas, and let your friends and family know where you are going.

– Make sure to have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including blankets, charged cell phones and other materials.

-Used for ambulance, salt spreader and snow plow.

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 OEMC website or call 311 for more information.

https://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/state-local-officials-prepare-for-winter-storms-bearing-down-on-illinois/2744563/ State and local officials prepare for winter storm that’s hitting Illinois – NBC Chicago

DUSTIN JONES

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