Feb. 9 Heavy Snow UPDATE: What's Closed, What's Open, What You Need To Know

Feb. 9 Heavy Snow UPDATE: What’s Closed, What’s Open, What You Need To Know

  • Editor’s Note: This article will be updated several times Friday (Feb. 9, 2018) with information regarding Friday’s weather event. Bookmark this page and return often for the most up-to-date content, including snow totals, school and government closings.

The Winter Storm Warning is now was official over at 2 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, more snow is likely, mainly before noon. High will be near 20, but wind chill values as low as -3. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.

Provided here is some tactical advice as well as links to resources for the most accurate, up-to-date and vital information Kane County residents might need during the weather event.


Community Updates

The Aurora Police Department lets resident know that Groot has cancelled garbage pickup. Also advice on parking and road conditions on this Aurora Police Department Facebook post.

Several libraries and park districts are closed today (Friday). See the links below.

Snow Totals

As of 2:30 p.m. today (Friday), St. Charles reported 7.4 inches of snow. As of 7 a.m., Geneva and Batavia each had reported 6 inches of snow. Again, early-morning measurements had Elgin at 5.8 inches, North Aurora 5.1, according to the NWS snowfall totals map.

Typically, totals on the map are lower than the final reports, so stay tuned to Kane County Connects for updates.

Kane Schools Closed

Just about every school in Kane County is closed this morning (Friday, Feb. 9, 2018).

Check your local school district websites and social media or the Emergency Closings Center website for the most relevant information.

Kane County Government Offices Are Open

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen issued a memo Thursday saying county government offices would remain open Friday. “We should only close county government when conditions are their very worst,” he said in the memo.

The memo said Kane County courts would be open, but on a skeletal basis.

Want to know if your city, village, township, library or park district office is closed? Visit this page of the Kane County website to find links to you community’s unit of government.

Don’t Park in The Street!

The city of Geneva and village of North Aurora already have sent out alerts, saying vehicles parked in the streets could be towed. That’s pretty much true of every municipality in Kane County.

Help Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow

(CREDIT: city of Geneva)

Residents fortunate enough to have a hydrant in front of their house can do their local Fire Department and themselves a huge favor by clearing a 3-foot by 3-foot area all the way around the hydrant to make them visible and accessible from the street. The Geneva Fire Department is asking residents to do exactly that, and it’s pretty much true for every community in Kane.

Garbage Pickup Delayed

It looks like all waste-disposal contractors in Kane County have said they won’t be picking up trash and recyclables from the curbside Friday. Most are delayed a day, but you should check with your municipality’s public works department for updates.

Advanced Disposal has informed the city that Geneva’s garbage and recycling service will be postponed Friday, Feb. 9, due to expected severe weather conditions.

Collection for Friday customers have been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10. Geneva’s Friday garbage customers should not place their cans out at the curb this evening since collection will not occur until Feb. 10. (Thursday garbage/recycling pickup is taking place as normal Feb. 8.)

Waste Management also told the village of Campton Hills that is would postpone services Friday, Feb. 9.

Ditto with Groot.

Again, click this link to find city and village websites in Kane County.

Metra Trains Could Be Delayed

“Metra will make every effort to provide a timely and comfortable commute. Unfortunately, weather conditions beyond our control could disrupt service and delay your train. Please allow extra travel time to get to and from your destination. We regret any weather-related delays and appreciate your your patience. Please refer to Service Updates for line-specific information.”

The BNSF Railway will operate an alternative schedule on Friday, February 9. Details can be found here.

Check the Metra website for updates.

Flights Delayed, Cancelled

Some flights have been delayed or cancelled at O’Hare and Midway airports.

Here’s an FAA link to find out if your O’Hare or Midway flight was cancelled.

You should also check with your airline to find the latest flight information.