Updated at 3:45 p.m. March 5:
The Village of Romeoville issued a press release to let residents know that public works crews continue to clear village streets, and to issue a reminder about the odd-even parking restrictions that are in effect during heavy snowfall:
As Public Works crews continue to clear the streets, residents are reminded of the odd-even parking restrictions in effect.
When there are two (2) or more inches of snowfall "Odd-Even" street parking goes into effect so that streets may be plowed. Odd-Even street parking requires residents to park in front of even numbered addresses starting at 6:00 PM on the odd numbered calendar day until 6:00 PM of the even numbered calendar day. Odd-Even street parking requires residents to park in front of odd numbered addresses starting at 6:00 PM on the even numbered calendar day until 6:00 PM of the odd numbered calendar day.
The Parking restrictions remain in effect until streets are cleared. (All normal parking signs and regulations remain in effect).
Updated at 1 p.m. March 5:
The Joliet Public Library announced it is closing at noon Tuesday and will reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The list of area closures is as follows:
- Valley View School District
- Plainfield School District 202
- Troy School District 30-C
- St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School
- Romeoville Christian Academy
- White Oak Library District (all branches)
- St. Mary Immaculate Parish School
- Plainfield Public Library
- Plainfield Park District
- Lewis University (closing at 1 p.m.)
- Joliet Junior College
- Joliet Catholic Academy
- Cathedral of St. Raymond School (Joliet)
- University of St. Francis
- The 2013 Illinois College Exposition Fair at Lewis University in Romeoville
- Joliet Public Library (both branches close at noon)
- Greater Joliet YMCA is cancelling all events at all branches beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday
If you know of a closing that is not listed, please add it in the comments.
Updated at 10:30 a.m. March 5:
Joliet Junior College is closing all its locations — including Romeoville — at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
"All classes and activities, including the Board of Trustees meetings, have been canceled," a JJC spokeswoman said in an email. "As of now, college operations are expected to resume as scheduled on Wednesday. Check for updates at www.jjc.edu, www.emergencyclosingcenter.com, local media outlets, or the JJC Facebook page or Twitter feed."
Updated at 7 a.m. March 5:
St. Andrew the Apostle School in Romeoville is also closed due to the impending storm.
Updated at 6:20 a.m. March 5:
The winter storm warning will now be in effect from 9 a.m. until midnight, according to the NWS.
Accumulating snow should begin by midday Tuesday and linger into the evening, with 4 to 8 inches of accumulation with localized amounts of up to 10 inches possible.
Snow could fall heavily at times with rates around an inch per hour Tuesday afternoon. Winds of up to 25 mph are also possible, creating the potential for blowing and drifting snow in open areas.
"Snow is expected to be falling at a good clip during this afternoon's rush hour ... so plan accordingly for poor travel conditions," the NWS said
Updated at 11:25 p.m. March 4:
Valley View School District campuses are also among the weather-related closures for Tuesday. All after-school and evening activities are also cancelled.
"Because of our deep concern for the safety of our students and staff, with the snow storm that is predicted to hit Tuesday with hazardous travel conditions expected, Valley View School District 365U has canceled all classes and after school activities for Tuesday," said a message posted to the district's Facebook page.
Updated at 11 p.m. March 4:
School is cancelled Tuesday at Romeoville Christian Academy.
All Lewis University locations, including the main Romeoville campus and the Shorewood satellite location, will have a delayed opening Tuesday, with classes starting at 10 a.m.
University of St. Francis in Joliet has also cancelled all classes and activities for Tuesday.
Joliet Catholic Academy is also closed, along with the Cathedral of St. Raymond school in Joliet.
Updated at 9:23 p.m. March 4:
All Plainfield School District schools and facilities will be closed Tuesday as a result of the predicted winter storm.
All 12-month school district employees are expected to report to work if possible, but students will have the day off.
Patch will update with additional weather-related closings as they become available.
Updated at 5 p.m. March 4:
The winter storm watch is now a warning, according to the NWS. The warning is in effect from 3 a.m. Tuesday until midnight March 6.
The warning calls for heavy snow starting very early Tuesday, persisting until Tuesday evening with periods of heavy snow and accumulations of 7 to 10 inches, "with locally higher amounts possible," the NWS said.
With snowfall rates of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour at times, the storm will likely affect the morning rush hour Tuesday and the late evening commute. Gusting winds of up to 30 mph are possible at times later Tuesday and into Tuesday night, along with blowing and drifting snow in open areas.
Drivers are warned that the heavy snowfall and low visibility could make travel dangerous. The NWS urges residents to avoid travel if possible, and those who must travel are urged to keep a flashlight, food and water in their vehicles.
Original story, 5:55 a.m. March 4:
The Tuesday morning and evening commutes could get treacherous for motorists as the National Weather Service predicts another winter storm that could bring as much as six inches of snow to the Romeoville area.
The NWS has issued a winter storm watch in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday evening in Will County. Light snow is expected to begin Monday night and become more intense Tuesday morning and afternoon.
Snowfall could become heavy at times Tuesday, with accumulation rates of 1 to 1.5 inches resulting in difficult snow removal and dangerous travel, according to the NWS.
A winter storm watch means there is the potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that could affect travel.
Visit the Illinois Department of Transportation's Getting Around Illinois website for real-time road conditions.