City Gears Up For First Snow Storm Of Winter

Nancy Harty
November 25, 2018 - 3:53 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city of Chicago is gearing up for the first major snow storm of the season

Deputy Commissioner of Streets and Sanitation Cole Stallard said they've been watching weather forecasts intensely and plan to bring out 200 plows when the snow hits, sometime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Forecasts call for white-out conditions in much of the area thanks to 50 mile-per-hour winds and as much as 10 inches of snow falling Sunday night and into Monday. 

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At the height of the storm, those numbers will swell closer to 300, Stallard said and they will include smaller 4-by-4s that can squeeze onto streets too narrow for plows.

Crews will focus on Lake Shore Drive and the lakefront where wind gusts between 35 to 50 miles per hour are expected to bring 12-to 15-foot waves and icy conditions.

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The timing of the storm should help plow drivers clear the streets, but Stallard said everyone returns to work and school tomorrow, so crews will be working extra hard to make sure the roads are clear.