Winter Weather Operations Update for February 8 and 9 Snowstorm
Preparations are underway by the City of Naperville to handle the 5 to 9 inches of snowfall anticipated to begin falling the evening of Thursday, February 8 and throughout the day on Friday, February 9. In addition, the City is ready to handle the anticipated additional three inches of snow forecasted for both Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11.
“The safety of our citizens is the City’s number one concern throughout this event,” Communications Manager Linda LaCloche said. “Our Police, Fire and Public Works departments have shifted into 12-hour work modes to ensure service continuation, and our Public Works crews are ready to begin snow removal operations later today.”
Garbage and recycling collection for Friday, February 9 has been canceled due to the impending snowstorm. Residents who receive Friday garbage and recycling collection will have their garbage and recycling picked up on Saturday, February 10. In addition, the Recycling Drop-Off Center at 156 Fort Hill Drive will be closed on February 9.
Currently, the worst of this storm is expected to occur during the height of the morning rush hour on February 9. The rate at which the snow will fall will make snow removal more challenging. Please understand that the roadways in Naperville tomorrow during rush hour will not be clear. There will be slush and potentially snow on the roadways, and neighborhood streets will have packed snow on them. If you do not have to travel, the City encourages the public to stay off the roads and exercise patience as crews work to clear the streets.
In addition, City staff has spoken with the contractors that work in cul-de-sacs so they can prepare for adequate staffing needs throughout this storm. This storm is expected to produce wet, heavy snow. From past experience, once five to six inches of this type of snow falls, it becomes extraordinarily difficult for the City’s pick-up trucks that it uses on neighborhood streets and contractors’ equipment to remove it. For cul-de-sacs, the City anticipates calling its contractors in at the midpoint of the storm (currently estimated overnight, but that could change as conditions warrant) to begin plowing.
The City will be putting out regular communications through social media, the City’s website, the City’s Snow Command Blog, and Naper Notify about the City’s response to this storm starting this afternoon. Updates will follow at 6 and 10 p.m. tonight. To help residents plan accordingly tomorrow, the City will send its first regular update at 6 a.m. on February 9, then every four hours until 10 p.m. Throughout the day, additional communications will be issued as conditions warrant.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.