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January Shocker: Snowstorm's on the Way

Second winter storm of the season to arrive Friday, bringing with it the potential for 3 to 6 inches of snow, forecasters say.

More cold, snowy weather is headed this way, according to the National Weather Service, which is saying there's a 100 percent chance of the white stuff falling throughout the day and night Friday.

As of right now, the prediction is there will be 3 to 5 inches of snow before it's finished.

Before that happens, though, we're in for a frigid night, with temperatures expected to plummet to 0 and wind chills to register at 10 below.

The good news in this story should arrive Sunday, when temperatures climb to near 40 and there's a 30 percent chance of rain, the Weather Service says.

LIVE MAP: Check the Traffic Situation Before You Begin Your Commute

Before you start your Friday morning commute, check Patch’s live traffic map for delays and visit the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Getting Around Illinois Web site for information on road conditions.

You can also call the 's snowplowing hot line number, 815-609-6145, to check on conditions, or follow the Plainfield Public Works Department on Facebook and Twitter, where updates will be posted.

You'll also find more information on Plainfield's snow removal procedures at www.plainfield-il.org/residentinfo/seasonalnotices.php#Snowplowing. Typically, the village focuses on major thoroughfares, especially before rush hours, before clearing secondary and residential routes, according to the Web site.

"When snow reaches two or more inches, the village begins a plowing operation," the site says. "A secondary group is called out to help with the plowing in addition to the salt shift. As salt trucks continue to work on plowing their primary and arterial streets, other snowplow trucks begin to work on side streets.  

"Alleys, cul-de-sacs, and dead ends are done towards the end of the storm due to low traffic volume. The last task is pushing back corners, cleaning up areas where cars may have been parked, and one last check through the entire route to re-salt and plow where necessary. This operation will last about 14 to 18 hours after the last of the snow has fallen (under normal conditions)."

Plainfield Resident January 20, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I understand that Alleys, Cul-De-Sacs and dead ends are done towards the end of the storm, however, I live on a Cul-De-Sac and in the 9.5 years I have lived here it is RARE that our street even gets plowed. If it is plowed, it's one sweep in and one sweep out. Though there may not be a lot of traffic, we still live there, have teens who drive (inexperienced on top of that) and there have been MANY TIMES I have SLID past my house, because no one came to plow, and then it froze. OR, I have turned into my drive only to get STUCK at the end. What exactly do our taxes pay for....we may be on Cul-De-Sacs, but we are still citizens of the community/ies and deserve the same plowing priveleges as those who chose not to live on one of those streets. Will it take one of us sliding past our homes, and hitting a tree to become severly injured first before any of you decide that Cul-De-Sacs are streets too and there are PEOPLE and CARS who live and drive down them??? And while on the subject, you may want to heavily salt any and all traffic circles as people don't stop on a normal day to yield and with snow they become more treacherous not to mention those who don't know what a yield sign means!
Donny Kerabatsos January 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
What you described is exactly what your taxes pay for. Every time a department says they need more money, those just like you(and specifically you on other threads) come out screaming and yelling that taxes should not be raised, or any development with a higher residential density(tax density) should be stopped, or ramble on and make the claim that everything should be bid out to the lowest bidder. It's like you think all this gets done for free by magic fairy dust. Well, this is what you get with that kind of behavior. Taxes do not automatically mean 'bad', so either you can complain about taxes or you can complain about the service. But don't expect to get any sympathy from anyone about the lack of services you are getting, while you complain about any and all tax increases, no matter what they are meant for. If you 'slide past your house' knowing full well that for almost a decade what the road conditions are on a regular basis, by your own admission, then you were simply going to fast for conditions, and should be given a ticket for that. Is there something stopping YOU from clearing your street? I know there are a few people in my subdivision that take turns clearing their streets with a simple plow attachment on their lawnmower. They don't complain, they take responsibility and act. Easier to complain though, isn't it. It's ALWAYS someone elses responsibility, right?
concernedresident January 20, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Seriously, it's a cul-de-sac, if you are sliding past your drive then you are driving too fast! I lived in a cul-de-sac in a very nice Naperville neighborhood for years and guess what? They didn't plow it either, there are more important streets and major intersections where accidents happen that are plowed first. I did what Donny mentioned, I took the snow blower down the road myself, not a big deal, after all we live in Illinois, we expect it to snow.
Tim January 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! This has to be the most selfish thing I have read here on Patch. Maybe you should actually drive slow when there is snow covering the road, and then you wouldn't have to worry about getting 'severely injured' by hitting a tree. How fast are you going down a cul-de-sac for that to even be possible?

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