Blizzard Warning in Effect for Chicago

February 01, 2011

The Blizzard of 2011 is here, Chicago residents. Are you prepared?

I don’t have to give you the forecast. Just look out the window. This storm could be one for the record books.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn issued a disaster declaration Tuesday before the major snowstorm even made its way to the Chicago area.

The Chicago Fire Department has 50 snowmobiles ready in case ambulances can't get down snowy streets.

More than 500 Illinois National Guard troops were activated to assist stranded motorists. They will be stationed at rest areas along interstate highways.

Really, you should not drive if you don’t have to, but if you do, check out the conditions of the highways by clicking on “Winter Road Conditions” at GettingAroundIllinois.com or by calling (800) 452-4368.

There are more than 120 state facilities that serve as warming centers throughout Illinois. To find a site near you, visit keepwarm.illinois.gov. Libraries also serve as warming centers.

Most Chicago area schools have already canceled classes for tomorrow, including all Chicago Public Schools and Chicago City Colleges. It’s the first snow day for CPS since 1999.

Metra ran extra trains today in anticipation of commuters leaving early to get home. If you check out metrarail.com, you can see how late each train is running.

Residents had plenty of time to prepare for the storm and did. Grocery and home stores around Chicagoland reported traffic today that rivaled sales on the day after Thanksgiving or Super Bowl Sunday.

Now it’s time to brave through it.

To stay updated and connected throughout the storm, visit ready.illinois.gov.

“Every Chicago resident should brace for a storm that will be remembered for a long time,” Jose Santiago, executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications for the city of Chicago. “We just have to see what Mother Nature throws at us.”

Good luck and stay safe, then answer this question: What would you name the Blizzard of 2011?

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