Fox Valley deals with yet another snowstorm
SUN-TIMES MEDIA January 31, 2014 11:26AM
The runway adjacent to Naperville's Aero Estates neighborhood just east of Route 59 wasn't busy with flights Saturday afternoon, but snowmobilers were flying acdross the wide open expanses. | Susan Frick Carlman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:24PM
The Fox Valley this weekend dealt with yet another sizable snowfall, although it seems the region came through the winter blast pretty well.
In Aurora, a limited fleet of plows was deployed right after snow began falling Friday night. Limited salt distribution and contracted plowing in neighborhoods both began early Saturday afternoon.
“We called in our full contingent of 34 vehicles to plow primary roads at about 3:30 this morning,” city spokesman Dan Ferrelli said Saturday. “Those crews have been working continuously since then.”
There has so far been no reports of water main breaks or other major developments arising from the most recent storm, Ferrelli said.
Non-police city employees were out, he said, enforcing Aurora’s ban on parking on streets and alleys during or after a snowfall of two inches or more.
“We’re seeing the usual uptick in traffic crashes. Nothing major,” Ferrelli said. “Motorists are advised to slow down, drive defensively, and allow extra space between vehicles.”
Things have also been quiet in the Elgin area.
“At this point other than a couple cars in the ditch there really isn’t anything out of the ordinary going on,” Elgin Police Department Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said in an email Saturday.
The weather caused some things to be cancelled around the Fox Valley. The West Aurora School District 129 Fine Arts Festival Saturday was cancelled, as were all sporting events occurring at West Aurora High School Saturday. The Winter One Acts were also cancelled as were the Fox Valley Park District Sports Saturday programs at Hall, McCleery and Schneider Schools.
All East Aurora school buildings were closed Saturday. Events and practices that were scheduled for Saturday were cancelled, including the Ernie Kivisto Hoopfest basketball tournament at East Aurora High School.
An anti-violence rally planned for Aurora on Saturday morning was also cancelled.
Illinois State Police are cautioning drivers in Will and Kendall counties that whiteout conditions are possible the next few days. Drivers should leave extra travel time and carry emergency supplies in their vehicles.
The Illinois Department of Transportation said it has winter weather crews across the state on standby and motorists should beware of slick and hazardous driving conditions in some areas across the state.
Motorists are also reminded of the “Move Over” law. The law, enacted in 2002 and also known as Scott’s Law, requires motorists to slow down and, if possible, change lanes when approaching police, emergency or construction vehicles displaying flashing warning lights.
For those traveling, check www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the latest winter road conditions and road closures.