The Storm is Brewing…

Chicagoans prepare for what is being called the biggest blizzard since 1967.

The storm is expected to bring 24-inches of snow into Chicago and has been categorized a “dangerous multifaced and life-threatening winter storm” by the National Weather Service.

The heaviest snowfall is expected to arrive after 9 p.m. Tuesday and last until Wednesday morning. During this period the City could experience snowfall accumulations of 2-3 inches per hour. The snow should end by Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release by the Office of Emergency Management and Communication. 

In addition to snow, a Lakeshore Flood Watch is also in effect from Tuesday evening to Wednesday afternoon. 30-40 mile per hour winds with gusts up to 60 mph at the shore is expected to create 14-18 foot waves with occasional waves up to 25 feet, the press release said.

The city is taking the following procedures in preparation for the snowstorm:

  • OEMC is activating the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Tuesday at noon. The EOC will remain open for as long as necessary, and will be staffed by all key city departments
  • The Department of Streets and Sanitation will utilize its full fleet, 274 trucks, plus 120 garbage trucks with quick hitch plows. Trucks will concentrate on main routes and Lake Shore Drive so that emergency vehicles can pass.
  • The City has also increased the number of garbage trucks to try and get ahead of this week