City Triggers 2″ Snow Ban In Advance Of Blizzard
Chicago Prepares For Potentially Record Snowfalls
“As you know, we often stand before you to communicate what we are doing as a city to prepare for events like this. However, this time we may potentially be dealing with a storm of historic proportions,” said Ray Orozco, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor. ” If we get the amount of snow that some are predicting, it will be the largest snow storm to hit Chicago since 1967.”
According to Office of Emergency Management & Communications spokesperson Roderick Drew, the city is deploying Streets & Sanitation’s entire fleet of 274 snow trucks. In addition 120 garbage trucks are being outfitted with quick hitch plows.
These nearly 400 vehicles will be working around the clock to keep main thoroughfares clear as weather forecasters are expecting two to three inches of snow per hour to fall at the height of the storm, which is expected to begin around 9 PM Tuesday evening and run through Wednesday morning.
Perhaps the most notable announcement effecting motorists is the city is invoking the rarely used 2″ snow ban, which restricts parking on main arterial streets designated as snow routes.
When triggered by the city, and there’s more than 2″ or more of snow on these main thoroughfares marked with 2″ parking ban signs, drivers must remove their vehicles or face a $60 ticket and having their cars towed and relocated to a nearby parking spot.
“This is a matter of public safety and allows us to clear streets more quickly,” Drew says via press release. “The 2 inch winter parking ban on marked routes will be in effect once we have 2 inches on the ground.”
Drivers who normally park their cars on these affected streets should find a legal parking spot on a side street or a private parking lot or garage if necessary in advance of the snowfall.
Even if two inches more of snowfall hits the street during a snowstorm, the 2″ ban does not normally go into effect until the city makes an official announcement. According to Matt Smith, spokesperson for Streets & Sanitation the 2″ snow ban has not gone into effect for at least the past four winters because Chicago has not faced a major snowstorm in the past few years.
“We have only done this a couple of times over the past several years,” Smith said previously. “People who are parked in violation of the 2″ ban once it is enacted are subject to being ticketed and having their vehicles relocated nearby.”
Here’s a map of streets affected by the two inch snow ban from the city’s Streets & Sanitation website.
Of course, no parking is allowed on streets already under the overnight winter parking ban which runs from December 1st through April 1st.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is also bracing for the snowstorm and had snow trucks at the ready early Monday evening in anticipation of the snow.
“The entire Midwest region of the country is expected to be hit with a serious winter storm over the next
few days, and it is important that we are prepared so that Illinois residents are safe and warm in the days
ahead,” said Governor Quinn via IDOT press release. “We will be increasing efforts to make sure that our roads are clear and that our most vulnerable residents are staying indoors and staying warm.”