Information for Joliet Motorists During Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a “winter storm warning” for the Joliet area from midnight tonight, January 31 until 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

In anticipation of a need for additional police response due to weather-related incidents, the Joliet Police Department’s command vehicle will be stationed in the old Dominick’s parking lot at the southeast corner of Essington and Caton Farm Roads from 2:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 1, 2014.  Motorists are asked to use this center to report any incidents of damage to personal property. 

Residents are reminded that whenever there is a snowfall within any 24-hour period which causes an accumulation of snow of two or more inches, and until such time as snow removal operations are completed, it shall be “unlawful for any person to park a vehicle or permit a vehicle owned by that person to be parked at locations on any street or highway where parking is normally permitted.  Whenever a vehicle is parked in violation of this (ordinance), said vehicle shall be subject to being towed.”

The Joliet Police Department provides the following tips to its motoring residents:

·         Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your intended route.

·         Keep your gas tank at least half-full.

·         Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables.

·         Slow down on snow/ice covered roads.

·         Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.

·         Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from your vehicle’s hood, roof, and lights.

·         Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, and shaded areas where ice is slow to melt.

·         Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid loosing traction.

For up-to-date road and weather information, citizens are encouraged to tune to WJOL (AM 1340).  Another source of information is the National Weather Service; this link http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lotwill take visitors directly to the current area weather information.