Thursday, February 3, 2011
Check out the top stories from Patch sites in your area.
Check out the top stories from Patch sites in your area: Stranded Motorists Rescued Last Night; Many Roads Still Impassable Yorkville Congregational UCC Hosts Stranded Motorists Police: Bolingbrook Man Arrested After 15 Kilos of Cocaine Found in Van Lemont High School Has Something to Cheer About Brothers Opening New Italian Restaurant in Familiar Spot
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
We hit the streets to see what vacation spot Average Joes and Janes would choose to get out of the frozen tundra that's now our home.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Wednesday was a day for shovels, snow blowers and snow plows as Plainfield residents dug their way out of the 17 inches of snow dumped on them in just 24 hours. While there were plenty of warnings about the blizzard, most people had only one option: Stay in town and ride out the storm. On Tuesday, we grabbed some lunch at Nabby’s Restaurant and talked to people there about where they'd go if they could be anywhere other than here. It took Shirley Krueger, 68, of Plainfield Township, only a second to come up with her answer. “Florida,” Krueger said. “That’s where my daughter lives, and it’s warm.” Stephanie Tomera, 27, of Newark, decided to skip to beaches. If she had a one-way ticket to anywhere, Tomera said, she would visit Italy. “I’ve …
Blowing snow and dangerously cold temps prompt the decision, officials say.
School is canceled on Thursday, Plainfield School District 202 officials have announced. Citing the blowing and drifting snow and dangerously cold temperatures, a decision was made at 9:30 a.m. today to keep the schools closed another day and to cancel all activities involving students, staff, parents and community members, said district spokesman Tom Hernandez in a new release. No decision on whether school will be canceled on Friday will be made until Thursday, he said. The district urged parents with children in the YMCA's Kidz Zone to check the agency's Web site, www.jolietymca.org, to get information on the status of that program. Hernandez also said that a power outage knocked out the district's Web site, www.psd202.0rg, so no …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Area sees somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 inches of snow.
We may be out of the woods as far as more snow accumulation goes, but National Weather Service reports say the fun is far from over. Wind gusts will continue through tonight, ushering in an overnight low of 18 below. This, on the heels of the blizzard that whipped through Tuesday night -- with its occasional near-zero visibility, howling wind pelting ice against windows and surreal claps of thunder -- makes it all feel a bit Armaggedon-like. According to the most recent numbers available, 16.4 inches of snow were tallied at the National Weather Service office in Romeoville, and weather watchers in Joliet recorded anywhere from 12 to 17 inches. O'Hare International Airport measured 20.2 inches and Midway Airport had 19.9. (To see more …
Afternoon kindergarten classes will be held today, but Turnabout and the YMCA Kid Zone will not.
Because of the impending snowstorm, all after-school and evening programs today at Plainfield School District 202 have been canceled and there will be no classes or programs Wednesday, spokesman Tom Hernandez said. Among the programs cancelled this afternoon are the YMCA Kid Zone, which means parents will need to make plans to have children picked up, Hernandez said in a press released issued this morning. Afternoon kindergarten classes will be held today but the Turnabout program will not, he said. The district urges parents to contact the Avery YMCA about whether the Kid Zone program will be canceled on Wednesday. The number is 815-267-8600; the Web site is www.jolietymca.org. A decision on whether school will be held on Thursday will be…
Monday, January 31, 2011
Indian Boundary Road is closed, on-street parking prohibited and other precautions in the works in anticipation of storm that could dump a foot and a half of snow.
Are we finally to be walloped with the snowstorm the likes of which we haven't seen since Jan. 2, 1999? It certainly looks that way, based on the National Weather Service's most recent forecast of an impending blizzard and the preparations being made by Plainfield village and fire officials. Indian Boundary Road between Renwick and County Line roads has been closed because of its past history of blowing and drifting snow during windy winter storms. All on-street parking in the village will prohibited until 6 a.m. Friday. According to Amy De Boni, the village's community relations director, officials from the police department, fire protection district, public works department and emergency management agency have developed contingency plans…
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Blizzards are scary things, reminding you just how powerless you are when Mother Nature shows her might. But there's something starkly beautiful about them too. The glow of street lights barely visible through the blowing snow, the leafless tree limbs coated in ice, the evergreen boughs brought low by the weight of the deluge. Of course, there's also the element of fun. It helps if you're somewhere between the ages of 5 and 12, where it's all a great adventure capped off by school being canceled. And what must be going through your mind if you're my dog, standing about a foot off the ground and experiencing your first winter. Apparently it's both intimidating and irrestible. Don't ask me about his penchant for putting his entire face …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
About 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected over the course of Tuesday, the National Weather Service says.
Updated at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday A half-inch of snow fell overnight, according to the National Weather Service, and another 2 to 4 inches is expected during the day today. The chance of snow Tuesday is 100 percent and 50 percent tonight, the NWS forecast says. Temperatures will drop to about 18 Tuesday night, and wind will pick up to about 10 to 15 mph. There's also about a 20 percent chance of snow Wednesday, with temps sinking to the single digits on Wednesday night. Is your car winter travel ready? Here are some items that should be checked, according to the Illinois State Police: Source: Illinois State Police For more winter safety driving tips visit the Illinois State Police Web site.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Be prepared: The National Weather Service is predicting snow, plunging temperatures and strong winds over the next few days.
Soupy Saturday is expected to turn into Snowy Sunday, with rain turning to sleet and snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service. A significant winter storm is expected to move into the Chicago area Saturday night into Monday. The storm was dumping snow across the Great Plains and is expected to change from rain and sleet into snow by Sunday morning, according to the weather service. The northern suburbs are expected to get more snow, but between 2 to 5 inches of snow are possible in the area. Temperatures are expected to drop and winds could increase significantly, with gusts in excess of 45 mph. Anyone planning to spend significant amounts of time outdoors Sunday should be prepared to dress for temperatures that are …
Monday, December 6, 2010
Plainfield Park District has three sledding hills, and once it gets colder, there will be ice skating, too.
Suit up, snow bunnies. It's time. With a thick blanket of snow whitening the Plainfield landscape, 'tis the season for sledding. You'll have a little more time to get your ice skates sharpened. Our two outside ice skating venues behind the Plainfield Park District office on Ottawa Street and at Van Horn Woods are not yet safe. Though the wind chills plunged below zero this morning, it hasn't been cold enough to freeze ice sturdy enough to be safe, according to Marianne Ryan, the park district PR lady. But the sledding hills are a go, she says. There's one at Boy Scout Park , 23729 W. Ottawa St., behind the Recreation Administration Center; one at Cumberland Park in Cumberland subdivision; and a third at Norman Greenway on 135th …