Public Works Snow Update: January 7, 2014

Public Works Snow Update: January 7, 2014
Posted on 01/07/2014

PUBLIC WORKS SNOW UPDATE. Today’s weather is partly sunny with a high near five with wind chills as low as -33. Winds can gust as high as 20 mph. Tonight’s low will be around +1 with a wind chill of -12. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph, becoming light and variable after midnight.

Wednesday’s high is expected to be near 15 with a low near nine. Temperatures will increase through the week, reaching near 40 this weekend. Thursday’s high is expected to be near 27 with a low near 23.

There is a 40% chance of snow on Wednesday, January 8, mainly in the afternoon with an accumulation of a quarter inch to one inch. Thursday has a 30% chance of afternoon flurries with an accumulation of a quarter inch.

On Tuesday, village crews are salting and spraying de-icer on the roads for better traction on the hard, packed snow and so the salt begins to melt through as temperatures rise.

Drifting has subsided and is no longer an issue; however, the village’s crews will continue to monitor problem areas of the village throughout the day today.

The Orland Park Police Department at 15100 South Ravinia Avenue is the village’s primary warming center and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other village facilities will be available should the need arise. Residents are reminded to check on elderly and disabled neighbors and relatives.

Parking on village streets is prohibited once two inches of snow fall. Parked vehicles must be kept off village streets for 10 hours after it snows so that plows can get through. When clearing snow, shovel it to the driveway or parkway and never into the street where it becomes an icy hazard. Keep trash and recycling toters well behind the curbline and help firefighters by digging out hydrants from the street, clearing a perimeter of three feet around the hydrant.