The National Weather Service reports a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 12 noon today (Saturday). As a result, the dedication of the new artistic sculpture in Juneway Beach Park, scheduled for this morning, is canceled and will be rescheduled at a future date.
A total of five to nine inches of snow is expected to fall by the storm’s end with winds gusting 30 to 35 miles per hour. Strong winds will result in blowing and drifting snow and could significantly reduce visibility, making travel very difficult.
The National Weather Service also reports a Lakefront Flood Advisory, remains in effect until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. Strong onshore winds are expected to produce waves of seven to ten feet, which will drive up already-above-average lake levels.
The City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has activated its full complement of 211 snowplows to salt and plow main streets, bridges, overpasses, and hills. Please note that plows clear the arterial streets continuously during any winter storm. Only after the snowfall stops and the arterial streets are clear do they move onto the side streets.
You can track the snow plows as they move through the city in real time by clicking here.
Do not expect to see any snow plows on the side streets until after the snow ceases to fall and the arterial streets are clear.
This is a good time to remind everyone that city ordinance requires homeowners and business owners to shovel the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after a snowfall ends. Not only is it the neighborly thing to do, but failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $500.
If you know of a property where the sidewalk is not shoveled, contact my office at email@example.com or call 773-338-5796 and provide us with the address of the property. We’ll issue a warning and subsequently a ticket, if necessary.
Of course, some people are not physically able to shovel snow. If you are 60 years of age or older and/or have a physical disability, contact my office and we will arrange to have someone shovel your walk for a reasonable charge or free if you lack financial resources.
For more information on the City’s snow removal requirements for sidewalks, see below or click here.
I will provide a further update if warranted.
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