As another winter storm is expected to hit early Tuesday, the Palatine Public Works Department has already taken steps to be as prepared as possible.
"We have pre-treated the main roads in all six districts with a salt and beet juice mixture, and we have crews ready to come in by 3 a.m. to start scouting the roads," said Matt Barry, public works director.
A winter storm warning has been issued for all of Cook County Tuesday and is expected to affect morning and evening rush hour traffic. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Palatine should be hit hard by around 10 a.m. with heavy snow expected to fall through midnight.
"We will have the bulk of our crews out when snowfall is expected to be heaviest starting at 10 a.m.," Barry said.
Between four to eight inches of new snow accumulation is possible in Palatine during the day Tuesday and another additional one to two inches of new snow is expected for Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
There will be a chance of blowing snow in the afternoon and into Tuesday night with wind gusts reaching as high as 30 mph, according to the NWS.
Snowfall accumulation is expected to be the most intense from late Tuesday morning through the early evening hours, falling at a rate of one to 1 1/2 inches per hour, according to the NWS.
The snow accumulation coupled with the blowing snow is expected to make travel dangerous, especially for Tuesday's evening commute, according to the NWS.