Public Works Snow Update: January 5, 2014

Public Works Snow Update: January 5, 2014
Posted on 01/05/2014

PUBLIC WORKS SNOW REPORT. This afternoon’s temperature is a high near 18 degrees. Wind chills are as low as -4 with a north wind around 20 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph. Tonight’s low is expected to be around -17 with wind chills as low as -38.

Monday morning’s high is expected to be near -15 with wind chills as low as -44. Winds will be 15 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Snow will continue this afternoon with areas of blowing snow. New snow of two to five inches is possible for Orland Park with heavy snow at times. Blowing and drifting snow will make travel hazardous. Approximately 7.5 inches of snow fell from 3 p.m. on Saturday to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The village’s snow fighting operations continue this afternoon with a second crew coming on later until 10 p.m. The night crew will continue to plow through the night into the early morning hours. 
Village crews will continue to battle the very problematic drifting snow, pushing it back and salting hills and intersections.

Because road salt is not effective in extremely low temperatures, Public Works crews will apply liquid anti-icers until temperatures rise back to near 20 degrees.

The Orland Park Police Department at 15100 South Ravinia Avenue is the village’s primary warming center. Other village facilities will be available should the need arise.

Village residents are encouraged to check on elderly and disabled neighbors and relatives.

Parking on village streets is prohibited once two inches of snow fall. Parked vehicles must be kept off of village streets for at least 10 hours after it snows enabling crews to completely plow the streets.

Be careful clearing snow as news reports are predicting a heavier, wetter snow. When clearing snow, do not push it into the street, where it can create an icy hazard. Cleared snow should be moved to the lawn or parkway. Keep trash and recycling toters well behind the curbline and help firefighters by digging out hydrants from the street, clearing a perimeter of three feet around the hydrants.

Travel is discouraged until the storm passes and motorists should drive cautiously as the snow and temperatures continue to fall.

Residents needing help or direction may call the Village Hall during business hours at 403-6140 or the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 349-4111.

The village will continue to post advisories and relevant information on its website at, on its Facebook page at and via its Twitter feed at