Thursday, December 20, 2012
Oak Forest public works employees and ComEd are ready for the first snowfall of the year, with plowing and salting plans, and power outage reporting and restoration plans in place.
Get ready Oak Forest, there's white stuff coming and there could be a lot of it. The National Weather Service is calling for between 2 and 4 inches of snow overnight Thursday, Dec. 20, through Friday, Dec. 21. Should Oak Forest see snow, Oak Forest public works workers will hit the streets in plow and salt trucks to clear paths for residents on all 152 miles of city streets and the city's 93 culs-de-sac, to make the roadways drivable for Friday's morning commute and beyond. "Our biggest concern is the high winds, that are going to gust up to 50 mph, and wet, heavy snow on power lines, that could cause power outages," said Public Works's Richard Rinchich. "City trucks are preloaded with salt and ready to go." Residents should abide by snow …
Friday, January 20, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Oak Forest, effective Friday morning.
Winter is in full swing in Oak Forest. A Thursday winter weather warning has since been upgraded to a winter storm warning for the city, effective Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to midnight. The National Weather Service said snow will develop during the mid to late morning hours and will continue through Friday night, with the heaviest snowfall coming during the afternoon hours. Oak Forest can see up to 8 inches of snow Friday. A hazardous weather outlook remains as temperatures will drop later in the evening. Use caution when driving and plan your commute accordingly. Cold temperatures will make salt less effective and make it harder for crews to keep the roads clear of snow and ice, according to the National Weather Service. Heavier snowfall may …
The Illinois Tollway offers helpful tips on how to travel in the coming snow.
Friday, January 20, 2012
In preparation for incoming snow, the Illinois Tollway is putting its full fleet of 183 snowplows into action, a press release stated. All temporary lane closures have been canceled from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday to help with snow removal efforts, the release added. Before you travel, check Oak Forest Patch's Traffic and Gas Guide, which provides up-to-the-minute gas and travel information, complete with current construction projects and street closures. Commuters also can call the Tollway's customer line for road updates at 800-865-5394. Call *999 on your cell phone if you need roadway assistance. For updates of any possible delays, closings or cancellations, keep visiting the Oak Forest Patch home page throughout the day. Have …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
After Wednesday's mild weather, expect temperatures to plunge as the area sees moderate to heavy show through Thursday.
After unseasonably mild weather this winter, Thursday's snow storm may come as a shock. While Wednesday will continue to be mild and dry, an arctic front is expected to come through the area Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. A possible rain-snow mix will transition to all snow by Thursday morning as temperatures fall through the 20's. Two inches to five inches of snow can be expected across northeastern Illinois. Moderate to heavy snow and possible wind gusts of 30 mph will make for a hazardous Thursday morning commute, according to the NWS. Visibility may be reduced to a half-mile or less at times. The Thursday evening commute will also be hazardous, and temperatures are expected to drop between 10 and 15 …