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'Blizzard-Like Conditions' to Give Way to Bone-Chilling Cold: NWS

Monday's high is expected to be a frigid -9 degrees. No word yet on possible school closings in Plainfield, but check back for updates.

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UPDATE: Plainfield Schools: 'Plan For School to be Open' Despite Extreme Cold 
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While the lake effect snow advisory is cancelled, the nasty winter weather isn't over.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 4 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Blowing and drifting snow could begin Friday afternoon, with with blizzard-like conditions Friday evening through early Saturday.

Watch out for wind gusts of up to 35 mph Friday morning, with blowing and drifting of snow reducing visibility to near zero at times, according to the NWS. Use caution especially when traveling in open areas.

Wind chill values could hit as low as -19 Friday.

Saturday, there's a 50 percent chance of snow, mainly after noon, with a high near 31 and wind chill values as low as 1. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph, according to the NWS.

Expect a 40 percent chance of snow Sunday, with a high near 12 and a low around -11 Sunday night. 

School frozen out?

On Monday, the NWS is predicting a high around -9 degrees, and a low Monday night of around -16.

Nearby Valley View School District has alerted parents to a possible emergency closing on Monday, Jan. 6. So far, there's no word on whether District 202 schools will be closed Monday, which is scheduled to be students' first day back following winter break.

Check back with Patch for updates on possible emergency closings.

Stay safe in the cold

Anyone who needs a place to warm up in Plainfield can stop by the Plainfield Police Department, 14300 S. Coil Plus Dr.

Anyone in need of assistance should call the non-emergency number at the Police Department at 815-436-2341, unless the situation dictates calling 911.

The following warming centers are also open in nearby Joliet: 

  • Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road and 150 N. Ottawa St., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive (off Plainfield Road), 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Daybreak, 611 E. Cass St., overnight.
  • MorningStar Mission, 350 E. Washington St., overnight.

Shoveling tips

The Village of Plainfield also offers the following helpful shoveling hints:
  • Shovel driveway aprons only after the roadway is completely cleared. This will eliminate the need to shovel them more than once. 
  • Pile all the snow away from the edge of the road, on the left side of the driveway as you face the house. Should the snowplow pass by again, after you have shoveled, this will prevent the plow from pushing the snow back into your driveway. 
  • Do not push snow into or across the street. This may result in that same snow being deposited in your neighbor's driveway, if the snowplow should make an additional pass. 
  • Clear snow and ice from the walk adjacent to your property. This makes pedestrian travel safer and easier. 
  • Clear snow away from fire hydrants to permit easy access, in case of an emergency.
The American Heart Association also offers tips on shoveling safely, since working outdoors in cold weather makes your heart work even harder. Click here for more info.

For winter weather updates from the village, follow the public works department on Facebook (Plainfield IL Public Works) and/or Twitter (@PlainfieldILPW). The village also has a snowplowing hotline: 815-609-6145.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest information from District 202 (as of 4:30 p.m. Friday).

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