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Winter Weather Planning: Snow Update – April 19, 3 p.m.

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April 19, 2021 | 3:10 p.m.

April showers could be on hold this week as parts of central Illinois await snowfall, instead. It’s set to begin tonight, Monday, April 19. A mix of rain and snow is expected to develop after midnight. This may result in a few patchy slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses. Peoria Public Works is preparing snowplows and other equipment in the event the forecasted winter weather requires intervention.

And the rain and wet snow could continue into Tuesday with an accumulation of around one inch (1”) west of the Illinois River. Isolated amounts of up to two inches (2”) are also possible with widespread frost and freezing conditions set for both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Drivers can review current road conditions here:  gettingaroundillinois.com/WinterConditions/index.html.

Additional resources about our operations, including our 2020-2021 snow route maps are available on our Peoria Public Works Winter Weather Planning page at: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter.

February 19, 2021 | 8:15 a.m.

Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters are finished plowing residential side streets and alleys. Today, Friday, February 19, crews will revert to filling potholes and making snow prep efforts in advance of Sunday’s forecast snowfall.

The storm system Sunday and Sunday night could bring anywhere from one to three inches (1-3”) of snow to the area. At this time, the amount of snow is uncertain, though the better chances of accumulation appear to be along and north of a Macomb to Bloomington line. Snow Fighters will be on standby on Sunday, February 21, to address the snowfall as it arrives.

For those with questions about the Peoria Public Works Department’s approach to snow and ice control, visit our Winter Weather Planning page here: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.

February 17, 2021 | 6:55 a.m.

Residential side streets have been plowed and are ready for your morning commute. Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters have returned to primary routes, hill routes and overpasses to ensure the main thoroughfares remain open and passable for drivers.

Later this morning, Wednesday, February 17, Snow Fighters will begin to make single passes through Peoria alleys. The around-the-clock 12 hour shifts that have been in place since Sunday, February 14 will be called off until the next snow event threatens drivability and safety.

For those with questions about the Peoria Public Works Department’s approach to snow and ice control, visit our newly revised Winter Weather Planning page here: http://www.peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.

February 16, 2021 | 5:15 p.m.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook is in place for portions of central Illinois, east central Illinois and west central Illinois. Wind chills between -5 and -15 degrees are expected again tonight, Tuesday, February 16 especially along and north of I-72. Peoria residents should take precautions and limit exposure to the elements.

Snow Fighting Efforts
Peoria Public Works is on target to have residential side streets plowed and passable by tomorrow morning’s commute, Wednesday, February 17. Snow Fighters have been working around the clock over two different 12 hours shifts since Sunday, February 14 to ensure roads are plowed curb to curb.

But starting tomorrow, another winter system will bring light snow accumulations in the afternoon, evening and overnight. New snowfall between half an inch to an inch (.5 to 1”) is expected.

Should residents need to hit the highways, current road conditions are available here: gettingaroundillinois.com/WinterConditions/index.html.

February 16, 2021 | 6:25 a.m.

Slick, snow covered roads and limited traction – that’s what drivers should expect to face during their morning commute. Peoria Public Works has opened all primary roads, hill routes and overpasses. While roads are passable, drivers should continue to take it slow and easy.

Residential Side Streets
Beginning at 7 a.m. today, Snow Fighters will make their way down our residential side streets to begin plowing the roads less traveled per standards outlined in the Snow and Ice Control Plan. It could take crews as long as 36 to 48 hours to complete.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook is still in place today for the city of Peoria, Tuesday, February 16. That weather outlook means hazardous travel conditions, plus the potential for blowing and drifting snow that can add to whiteout conditions. Should residents need to hit the highways, current road conditions are available here: gettingaroundillinois.com/WinterConditions/index.html.

If you must venture out, be sure to bundle up in multiple layers as bitterly cold wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero (-15) will continue this morning. And we’re not out of the woods yet with the snow – another weather system could bring accumulating snow to the region again tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17 through Thursday, February 18.

The Department appreciates your patience as we continue to work around the clock to address the higher than typical snow accumulation.

February 15, 2021 | 7:55 p.m.

Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters are out and actively plowing all primary roads, hills and overpasses as Peoria continues to face an onslaught of snow and extreme frigid temperatures. Crews will remain on the 17 main snow routes during the overnight hours to ensure they are passable for morning commuters.

Once the snow has ended Snow Fighters will begin to plow residential side streets. Drivers should anticipate snow covered roads the morning of Tuesday, February 16, and snow accumulation in the range of four to six inches (4-6”).

For those with questions about the Peoria Public Works Department’s approach to snow and ice control, visit our newly revised Winter Weather Planning page here: http://www.peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.

Remember to bundle up and wear multiple layers as this is extremely dangerous cold weather.

February 14, 2021 | 5:55 p.m.

Wow! More winter weather ahead!

A new series of weather systems will result in periods of snow this evening, Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 and continue at times into tonight and tomorrow, Monday, February 15.

Bitterly cold temperatures will also persist with gusty north winds resulting in areas of blowing and drifting snow. Snow accumulation through this evening will be under one quarter of an inch (.25”) with another one to two inches (1-2”) overnight tonight. Plus, another one inch (1”) is expected to fall throughout the day Monday and into Monday evening.

Drivers should anticipate a snow accumulation anywhere from two to four (2-4”) through Monday night with the potential for some local areas to see as much as five inches (5”).

Remember to bundle up and wear multiple layers as this is extremely dangerous cold weather. For those with questions about the Peoria Public Works Department’s approach to snow and ice control, visit our newly revised Winter Weather Planning page here: http://www.peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.


February 12, 2021 | 7:55 a.m.

Watch out this weekend! The very cold weather will continue today, Friday, February 12 with the coldest conditions developing in the coming days. Wind chills are forecast to drop to 20 to 25 degrees below zero at times from Saturday night through Monday morning, February 15.

Light snow is likely tonight as well and into Saturday morning. Between one and three inches (1-3”) of snow is expected along and north of the Canton to Bloomington line.

There is a good chance of snow Monday and Monday night with some snow accumulation possible especially east of the Illinois River. Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters will be on standby this weekend to address any snow accumulation on primary roads, hills and overpasses.

Should residents need to hit the highways, current road conditions are available here: gettingaroundillinois.com/WinterConditions/index.html.

February 10, 2021 | 8:55 a.m.

Feeling a blast of cold every time you step outside? It’s only going to get worse from here this week.

More snow is on the way with periods of light snow occurring today and tonight – with accumulations of as much as one to two inches (1 to 2”). Then starting tomorrow, Thursday, February 11, temperatures will continue to dwindle.

The downward temperature trend is expected to hit hardest into the weekend with single digit temperatures forecasted for Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 and wind-chills forecast to drop as low as 20 to 30 below zero (-20 to -30 degrees) early Sunday and Monday morning.

Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters are on standby today, Wednesday, February 10, with crews preparing trucks to target the City’s primary roads, hill routes and overpasses. The Department may pretreat some roads, but the majority of work will be done at the salt spinner. As soon as the snow hits they will be on the street dispersing rock salt and prewetting roads with a hot brine mixed with calcium chloride.

Residents and visitors are urged to stay indoors and limit exposure to the elements, but for those who must get out, you’re encouraged to travel with caution, drive slow and be patient.

For those hitting the highways, current road conditions are available here: gettingaroundillinois.com/WinterConditions/index.html.

February 8, 2021 | 7:45 a.m.

Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters are out in full force – they’ve been working all 17 snow routes since 3 a.m. today, Monday, February 8 to ready roads for the morning commute. Drivers should watch out for some patchy areas of snow, but overall streets are in passable condition.

The extremely dangerous cold weather is set to continue this week into next, with periodic bouts of snow and single degree temperatures. Residents and visitors are urged to stay indoors and limit exposure to the elements, but for those who must get out, you’re encouraged to travel with caution, drive slow and be patient.

For those hitting the highways, current road conditions are available here: gettingaroundillinois.com/WinterConditions/index.html.

February 6, 2021 | 3 p.m.

A storm system has moved into Peoria this afternoon, bringing with it a bit of light to moderate snow. Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters are out – armed and ready with rock salt to treat primary roads, hills and overpasses.

The snow is expected to continue into the early evening hours of Saturday, February 6, with a total accumulation of one and a half to two inches (1.5” to 2”). Blowing and drifting snow is also possible, as well as single digit below zero temperatures. Wind chills overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning could get as low as negative 10 to negative 20 (-10 to -20) degrees.

Peoria residents and visitors are encouraged to stay indoors. If you must get out you’re encouraged to travel with caution, drive slow and be patient. Current road conditions are available here: gettingaroundillinois.com/WinterConditions/index.html.

Remember to bundle up and wear multiple layers as this is extremely dangerous cold weather.

February 5, 2021 | 5: 20 a.m.

Watch out as you step outside! Arctic air and negative wind chills are here. The overnight blowing and drifting snow has come to an end. Peoria’s primary arterial streets are in good condition for travel this morning. Pavement conditions range from dry areas to wet spots and some patchy areas of snow cover. And residential streets are also in fair condition, but many are covered with snowpack and may have some frozen rutted areas mixed with exposed wet pavement.

Overall Peoria roads are very passable for drivers, still, the Peoria Police Department’s traffic collision alert from 5 p.m. Thursday, February 4 is in place. Drivers are encouraged to travel with caution, drive slow and be patient. Current road conditions are available here: gettingaroundillinois.com/WinterConditions/index.html.

Bundle up everyone, this is extremely dangerous cold weather. Additional resources about our operations, including our 2020-2021 snow route maps are available on our Peoria Public Works Winter Weather Planning page at: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter.

January 25, 2021 | 6:30 p.m.

Yikes! It’s finally here. A snow and ice warning is in effect now through Tuesday morning, January 26. Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters are out treating streets with salt and will continue their efforts overnight. Weather forecasters are predicting as much as one to two inches (1-2″) of snow – plus, ice is also expected.

Motorists should take extra precautions when driving in these conditions and be on the lookout for 15-25 MPH winds with gusts as much as 30-40 MPH. Blowing and drifting snow may also occur. Drivers should be safe, drive slowly, travel with caution and leave a little earlier for their destinations.

Additional resources about our operations, including our 2020-2021 snow route maps are available on our Public Works Winter Weather Planning page at: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.

January 16, 2021 | 9 a.m.

Snow fighters have been going at it since 5:30 a.m. – working all 17 routes to ensure roads are in safe and prime condition for area motorists. According to Deputy Director of Operations, Sie Maroon, the City saw as much as a quarter to half inch (.25 to .50”) of snow in the early hours of Saturday, January 16.

By 9 a.m. snow fighters were back in the bay with their plows, prepping them for the next stint of snow. Overall the snow fighting efforts were short and sweet compared to past passes with the plows. Maroon will continue to monitor the forecast and conditions the remainder of the day and into Sunday to determine if more work is needed to keep roads accessible for residents and visitors. According to forecasts, the next wave of winter weather is due overnight Saturday, Sunday, potentially Monday and Tuesday.

January 14, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

From snow fighting to storm debris cleanup and back to snow fighting – Peoria Public Works crews are transitioning to winter weather prep once again as snow is expected tonight and into the holiday weekend.

On Thursday, Jan. 14, Sie Maroon, Deputy Director of Operations at Public Works began to schedule 12 hours work shifts to ensure coverage throughout the severe weather.

The Departments asks that property owners be patient with our team as we segway back to enforcing our snow policy. If you need to learn more about our standard practices for the 2020-2021 snow season, find them here: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.

Once winter weather subsides and roads return to typical conditions, the Department will revert back to storm debris removal from the early January storm. The Department has a goal of Tuesday in mind, however, current winter weather conditions could impact their plans. Property owners can refer to the following web map to track their efforts: https://gis.peoriagov.org/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c540a7f21eab448f908bf6000f6aec0a. Workers are on the tail end of the routes with nearly 45 of the 55 routes complete.

January 2, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Mother Nature will be back at it again this evening — with a wintery mix forecast to begin as soon as 7 p.m. The poor weather should continue during the overnight hours and into early Sunday morning, January 3. As much as another half to two inches (.5 to 2″) is predicted.

Public Works Snow Fighters are on standby, ready to take action tonight, Saturday, January 2 and into Sunday, as needed. Drivers should be safe, drive slowly, travel with caution and leave a little earlier for their destination.

Additional resources about our operations, including our 2020-2021 snow route maps are available on our Public Works Winter Weather Planning page at: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.


January 1, 2021 | 6:30 p.m.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight tonight, January 1. The previously announced ice storm is cancelled and Peoria residents can now expect to encounter wet snow and accumulations around one inch (1”). Motorists should plan on slippery road conditions, to slow down and use caution when traveling. City of Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters are still deployed – actively removing snow and ice from the City’s arterial roads as well as applying rock salt to pavement. Deputy Director of Operations, Sie Maroon continues to monitor weather and road conditions to best treat roads in an efficient and timely manner.

The latest road conditions for Illinois can be found at: gettingaroundillinois.com and more information and area resources are listed at the City’s Winter Weather Planning page: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.

January 1, 2021 | 5:15 a.m.

Freezing rain is upon us. Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters are back at it, on our streets combating an ice storm here on the New Year’s Day holiday.

The inclement weather is expected to begin with freezing rain forecasted to begin at 6 a.m., Friday, January 1 through 12 p.m. Around that time, the weather is expected to shift to a snowy wintery mix until late Friday evening. The combination of freezing rain and higher winds (25 – 30 mph) will make for hazardous travel as well as increase chances of trees falling and striking power lines – leading to power outages.

The city of Peoria Public Works Department is encouraging residents and visitors to stay home or someplace safe unless travel is an absolutely necessary part of their New Year’s Day plans. If travel is a required part of their day, motorists are encouraged to travel slowly, be patient and allow for extra time in their travel plans to make it to their next destination. More about the Department’s Winter Weather Planning efforts can be found at: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.

December 30, 2020 | 10:15 a.m.

It’s slick and slushy out there, but don’t let today’s warmer temps deceive you. Starting early afternoon on Wednesday, December 30, slight snow could return and temperatures could drop again once more. The real threat is forecast for New Year’s Eve. A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected overnight Thursday night into Friday morning before changing over to rain during mid to late Friday, New Year’s Day morning. Some light snow accumulations under one inch (1”) and ice accumulations around a tenth of an inch are possible.

Drivers Take Heed!
These everchanging road conditions along with the freeze and thaw cycle can impact road conditions. City of Peoria Public Works Snow Fighters will be out and motorists should read and review the following recommendations for how to share the road with this cumbersome equipment.

Tips to get you reconditioned to drive in the snow around our Snow Fighters and their fierce plows:
1. Don’t follow a snow plow closely or stop immediately behind it.
2. Drivers should keep 200 feet distance between their vehicle and a plow during winter weather events.
3. Never pass a snow plow on the right.
4. Remember: snow plows move slowly, make wide turns, make frequent stops and overlap lanes.
5. Snow plows can create snow clouds which can reduce visibility to zero and conceal other vehicles and hazards.
6. Snow plows are large complex machinery that require the driver’s full attention toward operation, and can restrict the operator’s vision. Remember if you can’t see them, they can’t see you.
7. Finally: the road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on. Stay a safe distance behind it and use caution when passing.

Many more resources, including our 2020-2021 snow route maps are available on our Public Works Winter Weather Planning page at: peoriagov.org/public-works/winter/.

December 29, 2020 | 4 p.m.

The city of Peoria Snow Fighters initiated around the clock operations today – working two 12 hour shifts in anticipation of the week’s forecasted inclement weather. Leading up to today, crews prepared snow equipment and pretreated the 157 miles of main arterial streets with liquid brine. The team will remain on the streets around the clock until Peoria gets a break in weather.

Based on the current forecast, Public Works is anticipating one to three (1 to 3”) inches of snow today, freezing rain and sleet tonight and then rain tomorrow, Wednesday, December 30. The Department will constantly monitor for freeze backs during the overnight hours to alleviate any possible trouble for travelers tomorrow as they begin their day.

Remember to be safe, drive slowly, travel with caution and leave a little earlier for your destination.

December 16, 2020 | 2 p.m.

The city of Peoria is experiencing the first significant snowfall for the season, although it is forecast to be a minor accumulation. The Public Works Operations Division is expecting to receive about a quarter of an inch of snow as it comes to an end this morning. The City’s Snow Fighters have a limited number of trucks on the streets today – treating hills, overpasses and streets surrounding the two major hospitals in the downtown area.

In addition, consider the following if travelling this morning:

1. Leave a little earlier to get to your destination.
2. Have patience and drive slowly.
3. Looks can be deceiving. There are some areas of pavement that are slicker than others.

And remember, all motorists need to recondition themselves into driving in snow once again. Stay safe and drive with caution.

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