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Brutal Cold To Start Hitting Edgewater Tonight, Info To Help Keep Safe

A windchill warning has been announced starting at 6 p.m. today through noon on Thursday. The windchill could go as low as -55 degrees and temps as low as -23 degrees over the next couple days. The area is expected to see the coldest weather in over 40 years.

The 48th Ward Office put out important information to help keep residents aware of the situation and stay safe:

Snow Removal

  • Streets and Sanitation plows are focusing on our community’s main arterials today. They will work their way to side streets later this afternoon and evening until all streets in our community are clear. Any additional help from neighbors to clear parking lanes of snow is greatly appreciated, as the snow will freeze when temperatures drop this evening.
  • Property owners and business owners are responsible for clearing all snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their property in a timely manner. Please help your elderly and disabled neighbors to clear their walkways to ensure a safe path for all in our community.

Cold Temperatures

  • Our neighbor Tom Skilling is predicting potential record breaking temperatures tomorrow and Wednesday, dipping down to double digits below zero. If you do not need to go outside during this time, it is recommended that you stay inside.
  • Please check on elderly neighbors and other neighbors who may need assistance during this time and help them access any resources they need, like groceries and medication. If you or someone you know may need assistance, please call 311 to request a well-being check and send Emily Volini in the 48th Ward office an email as well, emily@48thward.org.
  • The City of Chicago is expanding Warming Center services during this time. If you or a neighbor are looking for a warm place to be, the DFSS Warming Center at 845 W. Wilson is open from 9am to 5pm, and the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, is also serving as a warming center during operating hours.
  • City of Chicago Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) will be checking on homeless individuals with a heated bus to serve as a mobile warming center. If you see an individual who you think might need this service, please call 311 or email Ginger Williams in the 48th Ward office at ginger@48thward.org.
  • Chicago Public Schools is still making a determination on the status of schools being open. We will send an email if schools are closed tomorrow or Wednesday.
  • To prevent pipes in your home from freezing, it is recommended that you keep a faucet in your basement dripping during the cold weather.
  • Please only bring your pets outside for as long as necessary.

Chicago Plow Tracker
Streets and Sanitation will work hard this winter to keep streets clear. During snow storms, the Chicago Plow Tracker website will show real-time locations of city plows and salt spreaders. Residents can watch as snow clearing efforts start with the major streets then move to neighborhood streets to keep Chicago moving.

Winter Snow Parking Restrictions
In order to ensure that the most critical roadways in Chicago are kept open to full capacity at all times, the City of Chicago instituted and vigorously enforces a Winter Overnight Parking Ban on 107 miles of vital arterial streets from 3 am to 7 am between December 1 through April 1, regardless of snow.

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