Aurora preps for New Year’s storm
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org December 31, 2013 1:27PM
Updated: December 31, 2013 3:20PM
AURORA — Ahead of a winter storm slated to hit the city Tuesday, Aurora officials are advising residents to proceed cautiously on city streets.
The severe winter storm is expected to be a 24-hour hazardous period of snowfall and below-freezing temperatures continuing through New Year’s Day Wednesday, said Aurora Director of Communications Clayton Muhammad.
The city has mobilized its fleet of snow plow trucks that will be deployed when there is measurable snowfall accumulation or if the weather conditions cause hazardous driving situations, including freezing rain, Muhammad said.
“Because of the anticipated combination of snow, ice and below freezing temperatures, relying on our normal salting procedures alone will not be as effective,” he said. “With the predicted temperatures dropping to the teens and lower, salt will not immediately melt the ice.”
The city wants to remind drivers to keep streets safe by exercising extreme caution if residents must drive and abiding by the city’s snow parking ban. The street parking ban is in effect when there is more than 2 inches of snow.
Muhammad said the city’s goal is to clear all streets within 14 hours after the snow stops falling, but heavier snowfalls may take longer. City crews are responsible for more than 1,000 miles of roadways, he said.
Tuesday night’s forecast called for 3 to 5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service office in Romeoville. Low temperatures will hover near 13 degrees with wind chills as low as zero degrees.
Up to two inches of snowfall is likely Wednesday during the day and up to one inch Wednesday night, according to meteorologist Charles Mott. Wind chills will again reach zero.
A 50 percent chance of snow is also predicted Thursday.
“(It’s) not very nice,” Mott said Tuesday afternoon.
Snow updates will be provided on the city’s website at www.aurora-il.org, the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofAuroraIL and Twitter www.twitter.com/CityofAuroraIL.