Tuesday, March 5, 2013
With the National Weather Service predicting as much as a foot of snow in some areas, don’t take chances on the road.
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Tuesday, March 5
Local snow accumulations today could measure as much as 12 inches in some areas by midnight, according to the National Weather Service, and many communities are encouraging their residents to stay at home. But if you have to travel, Paul McCurtain of the St. Charles Police Department on Tuesday urged drivers to follow some safety tips for winter driving that AAA put together. “It seems like a lot of people have heard the warnings and have stayed home today, as traffic was light during this morning’s rush hour,” McCurtain wrote in an email to St. Charles Patch. “Even with the light traffic, we still had four traffic crashes reported since the snow began falling early this morning.” AAA offers the following winter driving tips for driving in…
Geneva School District 304's Emergency Notification System works great, but folks are split on why the decision to call off school had to come so late when the the weather report was warning so early.
Geneva School District 304's 5:22 a.m. emergency notification call announcing the Tuesday closing of Geneva Schools got reactions ranging from "love" to "hate" from commenters on the Geneva Patch Facebook Page. Like a lot of other school districts, Geneva generally prefers to wait until morning to make a decision as to whether school will be cancelled or open for business. The radar information and up-to-the-minute forecasts are important to weighing the options, because the weather can change fast in these parts and no one wants to cancel school needlessly. Most of the time, that philosophy makes sense and carries a lot of water, so to speak, but the weather reports Monday night were pretty darned certain that a major winter storm was a-…
A rollover is reported at River and Banbury in Batavia; unconfirmed, but possible extrication; Smoke reported at Coultrap Building.
9 p.m. National Weather Service Chicago: WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST /1 AM EST/ TONIGHT... * TIMING...PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MID TO LATE THIS EVENING BEFORE TAPERING OFF AROUND MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...7 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO 12 INCHES POSSIBLE. 7:40 p.m. Smoke Reported at Coultrap Tri-Com Dispatch reports smoke coming from the second floor of the Coultrap facility, owne by School District 304 andscheduled for demolition. The smoke reportedly came from an accidental discharge of a fire extinguisher. Wednesday forecast: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 33. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. …
Monday, March 4, 2013
An urgent message from the National Weather Service Chicago warns of the what could be the biggest snowstorm of the year.
If you clicked on ths article from Tuesday's newsletter—and if the National Weather Service-Chicago prediction held—you're probably just in from or about to go shoveling your way out of the biggest snowstorm of the season. A Winter Storm Warning started at 3 a.m. and extends all the way to midnight Tuesday. The National Weather Service says we could get 7 to 10 inches before it's done. Light snow was expected to start things off, "become more intense toward daybreak" and continue through the evening. "Accumulation rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour are possible at times, making snow removal difficult and travel extremely dangerous," the NWS says. Heavy snow is expected to combine with wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph, which will cause blowing and …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Got news to report or photo to share? Add comments and photos to this story and help keep your fellow Geneva residents informed. Already 500 flights have been cancelled at O'Hare.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Geneva sidestepped much of the massive snowstorm that was expected to ravage the area Thursday night. As of 10 p.m., the National Weather Service had downgraded the accumulation expectations to an inch or two. The wind was furious, as expected, and some power outages were reported, although none we are aware of in Geneva. If you run into anything newsworthy, please post a comment and/or a photo with this article. 9:40 p.m. NWS: Total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 8:09 p.m. Still not much snow to show. (See photo.) From the National Weather Service: Snow with areas of blowing snow before 1 a.m., then areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow after 1 a.m. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 21. …
Friday, March 2, 2012
At 4 p.m., scanners already are reporting several accidents and at least one potential power outage.
The snow is coming down, as promised. The National Weather Service predicted 3 to 6 inches of snow, and it looks right now that the storm has that potential. Already, it sounds like accidents are piling up. One was reported on Town Hall Road in Campton Township by Tri-Com Central Dispatch. Officers are reporting a possible power outage in that area, as well as Power lines appeared to catch fire near the southwest corner of the intersection of Route 38 and Route 47. A county officer saw a bright flash of blue light, followed by the fire, scanner reports said. The NWS-Chicago has issued a short-term forecast that's not good news for commuters. "A PERIOD OF MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY WET SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED ALONG AND NORTH OF THE …