National Weather Service Wants 'Ice Spotters' Near Rivers In Northern Illinois

Bernie Tafoya
November 28, 2018 - 12:29 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you live or work near rivers in Northern Illinois, the National Weather Service would like to enlist you as an “ice spotter.”

"The reason we’re concerned about [the amount of ice on a river> is because of ice jamming," said Amy Seeley, a meteorologist at The National Weather Service. "When the river gets that cold, you get all the ice and the ice-jamming can cause flooding."

The NWS Chicago does not want people to walk out onto icy rivers to check on conditions. That's too unsafe. The NWS wants people to look from safe locations for clues such as thickness and whether a river is solid or slushy and how much of the river is covered by ice in a particular location.

Seeley said ice spotters are wanted for the Des Plaines, DuPage, Kankakee, Fox, Rock, Kishwaukee, Vermillion and Iroquois Rivers. Ice spotters report before 9 a.m. every Monday from Dec. 1 through March 31.

The meteorologist said ice spotters can also send pictures to the NWS if they choose.

For more information, email or call (815) 834-1435.