Local updates on severe winter storm

By on February 1, 2011

If you know of a closing, postponement or another bit of news, send it to us, or post it on our Facebook page.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 7:57 p.m.
New video from the NOAA >>

Feb. 1, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.
Visit the Emergency Closing Center for info updated every 15 minutes.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.
On February 1, Kane County government offices will close at 2:30 PM except for emergency and public safety-related business.

On Wednesday, February 2, Kane County government offices will conduct business with a skeletal staff to provide only emergency and public safety-related business.

The Chief Judge has entered a General Order closing all Kane County Courts Wednesday, February 2, 2011.  That all matters set for hearing on February 2, 2011 will be continued to February 16, 2011, or to such further date as may be agreed upon by the parties, or a new notice for hearing served therein.

Information regarding any changes in Kane County’s schedule can also be obtained from the Emergency Closing Center at www.emergencyclosings.com

Feb. 1, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
Big update from our editor, Ryan Wells:

• Sugar Grove board meeting for Tuesday evening has been cancelled.

• The Sugar Grove Library will close at 3pm Tuesday, February 1, 2011 and remain closed for all of Wednesday, February 2.

Please check the Library website www.sugargrove.lib.il.us for information about hours on Thursday Feb. 3. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, fines and fees will be suspended for the time closed. Please stay home and stay safe.

• Kane County Assessment Office closed until Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m.

• Fox Valley Park District closed Tuesday and Wednesday—all programs and activities are cancelled. More information at their website.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
We are packing up at the office. Keep sending stuff in and we’ll get it up ASAP. We will likely be closed Wednesday, too.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
Our own Carly Shaw (Business Manager) reported that there are already near-white out conditions on Route 47 as she travelled south from Elburn toward Sugar Grove. Be safe out there!

Feb. 1, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.
From the Village of Sugar Grove – Closure and Winter Storm Information

All indications are that the current weather event is expected to continue well into Wednesday and possibly Thursday is not being exaggerated and may be the worst since 1979. Due to this forecast the decision has been made to close all Village administrative offices. We discourage all unnecessary travel on Wednesday and if necessary Thursday. The conditions are expected to be extremely dangerous.

The Sugar Grove Public Works snow removal team and the Police Department will be on duty, with the exception of their respective administrative office staff. The snow removal crew has begun staggered shifts and all available equipment is readied. The Police Department has implemented their emergency response procedure. Both departments are ready to respond in the best manner possible to insure the well being of our community.

While our snow removal team will be working, please be advised that their main goal is to keep the roadways as open as possible for emergency travel. The first priorities are streets that lead directly to primary transportation streets. With weather conditions this severe the crews will be performing a single clearing pass to allow for the passage of emergency vehicles. A Parking Ban on all streets will be in effect from 5 pm this evening until the snow is fully cleared. You are advised to stay informed of roadway closing by listening/watching both radio and television. Please do not call the Village or the Police Department for roadway conditions as crews will be busy with emergencies and clearing snow.

Should you need to travel during this weather event, travel slowly with extreme caution and make certain you and your vehicle are prepared in case you become stranded. Should you need shelter the Sugar Grove Fire Department will be open for a warming shelter.

The Sugar Grove Library will close at 3 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 and remain closed for all of Wednesday, February 2nd as well. Please check the Library website for information about hours on Thursday Feb. 3. All library fees and fines will be suspended for the time being.

Be prepared in case there is a power outage as high winds and snow build-up can cause damage to power lines. ComEd has mobilized crews and is ready in the event of a power outage. Should power lines be damaged the crews will work as safely and quickly as possible to restore power. You can sign up at ComEd.com – click on Customer Service, Outage Information and then Outage Alerts to receive text messages that can alert you of estimated restoration times.

Waste Management will be suspending refuse and recycling service tomorrow Wednesday February 2, 2011. Waste Management will resume service on Thursday February 3, 2011. Wednesday pickups will be serviced on Thursday February 3rd.

We will place updates and information, if needed, on the website www.sugar-grove.il.us, barring any major power failures. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 1:52 p.m.
Updating a previous item:
Kaneland Schools will remain open until regular dismissal times today. All after school activities have been cancelled. For Wednesday, February 2, 2011: All Kaneland schools will be closed. This includes all regular classes and after-school activities Parents are encouraged to monitor the Kaneland web site on Wednesday for weather-related closings and updates should inclement weather continue.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
The Elburn Town and Country Public Library will close today at 5 p.m. Please call (630) 365-2244 before coming to the library on Wednesday.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
St. Gall has cancelled all Religious Education and Youth Ministry activities and classes for tonight, Tuesday Feb. 1 and tomorrow, Wednesday Feb. 2.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College is closing at 2 p.m. today and will post any closing info. for tomorrow on their website prior to 5 a.m.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:22 p.m.
Tonight’s Maple Park Board meeting has been cancelled.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
Kaneland Schools will remain open until regular dismissal times today. All after school activities have been cancelled.

Further, the after school CARE program will be open at all four elementary schools this Tuesday. We do ask that parents please try to pick up children from early the program so that children and CARE staff can arrive home before the worst of the storm.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 11:55 A.M.
Winter weather safety and survival tips >>

Feb. 1, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

From Jan. 31, 2011
From a KC Sheriff’s office press release:

Kane County Sheriff Patrick Perez wants to remind citizens to be prepared with the upcoming snow storm.

The large amount of snow mixed with blowing and drifting snow can cause white out conditions.

The western part of Kane County usually experiences a considerable amount of drifting snow. If we experience the amount of snow and high winds that is predicted some of the roads will most likely become impassable.

Anyone who does not have to travel should stay home. For those who must travel you should plan ahead and stick to primary routes. Anyone traveling should make sure you have a function cell phone with a fully charged battery, and emergency kit that includes a blanket and flares and have a full tank of gas.

One Comment

  1. Krier

    February 2, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    To all Kaneland area readers, the Kaneland Krier staff is posting photos of the storm from around the area on its Facebook feed. To see them, search for “Kaneland Krier” on Facebook and click “like” to become a fan. We would love to have readers post photos of their own there as well!