Friday, February 1, 2013
More than 20 inches of snow fell across Chicagoland suburbs on February 1, 2011. Do you remember burrowing in or battling the snow on the outside?
Hard to believe it was two years ago today that more than 20 inches of snow fell in Chicagoland, especially since we haven't seen much at all this winter. The Chicago Tribune has a number of photos capturing the substantial snow that caused many to burrow inside or force them to trek through the snow to and from work or as they were out and about as it happened. Palatine Patch also has a gallery of the blizzard of 2011, in addition to other major weather stories (and news) that topped the news that year. Time really does fly!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Palatine Patch wanted to see how the village was recovering from the 2011 blizzard.
Viewfinder is a new Thursday feature on Palatine Patch. Each week we will produce a photo gallery of people, places and events in Palatine. This week Palatine Patch wanted to see how the village was recovering from the 2011 blizzard. Wednesday afternoon we traveled to a deserted downtown that largely was cleared of snow. Many of the sidewalks were clear, too. At one point a convoy of small, snow removing vehicles passed by, finishing up what clearly had been a busy day. We found the remnants of the storm throughout Palatine. A truck still stuck on Quentin Road. A pickup truck buried downtown. Huge mountains of snow piled high. Throughout Palatine residents such as Eric and Brian Theis worked against the back drop of a setting sun to clear …
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Palatine Patch would like to see what your driveway, backyard, street and general surroundings look like after the blizzard of 2011.
Hopefully everyone stayed safe and warm during the blizzard of 2011. The storm lived up to its billing. We at Palatine Patch will provide updates throughout the day on the latest developments. We also would like to see your photos. I thought I'd get the ball rolling with some shots of my own. I awoke this morning to a five foot high drift on my backyard deck. It was quite something to see. There are going to be some interesting and unusual sites. Take a moment to capture them. And later today, after everyone has dug out, we expect to see some mammoth snowmen, intricate snow architecture, and general snow fun! You can e-mail photos directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them yourself as a user on the site. If you e-mail me …
Ideas to Keep the Kids Amused on a Snow Day or Day Off of School
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sue Kirchner
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Yippee! A Snow Day! Do you love ‘em or hate ‘em? My kids dream about Snow Days but over the years I have found that after the first few hours of freedom from school have passed, they’re bored already. Having an arsenal of ideas to keep the kids amused on these Mother Nature mandated play days is essential to keep the kids smiling and keep Mom from pulling out her hair. 4 Snow Day Ideas: For more ideas on Family Fun, read my articles Keeping the Kids Amused on Days Off of School and Celebrate Groundhog Day with the Kids.
The blizzard of 2011 hit Palatine hard, but village streets are open. County and state roads in the village are not in as good a shape.
How much snow fell in Palatine overnight? "With the blowing and drifting it's tough to estimate," said Palatine Public Works Director Matt Barry. "It's could be 15 to 20 inches, it's a little premature to know." Snow plows worked through the night in an attempt to keep local roads open. Barry said most main roads and arterial roads that are maintained by the village can be traveled. "If you are able to get out of your driveway the roads are passable in Palatine," Barry said. However, roads through the village that are maintained by Cook County and the state of Illinois are not in as good of shape. State roads in Palatine include Dundee Road and Rand Road. County roads include Quentin Road and Euclid Road. Route 14 and Palatine Road are …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Wednesday garbage and recycling pickup canceled.
Palatine is gearing up for what the National Weather Service predicts will be a historically severe winter storm. Palatine Public Works Director Matt Barry said the latest forecast has two to four inches falling in Palatine by 6 p.m. and an additional 10 to 15 inches falling between 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Another one two to inches could fall Wednesday morning. Also, wind gusts are supposed to reach 50 mph Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, greatly reducing visibility because of blowing snow. The Palatine Public Works Department will have 20 larger plow trucks on the streets, each carrying tons of salt. Barry said the plow fleet will be supplemented with several smaller pickup trucks with plows. Barry said the village has 2,200 tons of …
Monday, January 31, 2011
National Weather Service is predicting a historic blizzard for the region.
A winter blizzard is heading toward Palatine and it could compare to the worse storms in recent history, including those in January 1967 and January 1999. “We’re going to be measuring total snowfall in feet,” said Ed Fenelon, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Chicago office. The worst conditions are expected from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m., Wednesday, he said. “Snowfall will be heavy and at times visibility will be less than 100 feet. We’re expecting 2 to 3 inches per hour at the height of the storm. That rate is tremendous,” Fenelon said. The quickly accumulating snow will make it difficult for snowplows to keep up with the storm. Palatine Public Works Director Matt Barry said the village was having a strategy session on …