Lake County crews are ready to battle the coming snow
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org | @JimNewton5 December 31, 2013 1:12PM
A possible accumulation of 3 to 8 inches of snow is expected through Thursday. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: December 31, 2013 2:58PM
Lake County snow plow crews may be rockin’ around the clock with their plows and salt trucks as a New Year’s snowstorm heads our way.
Kevin Kerrigan, engineer of maintenance for the Lake County Division of Transportation, said Tuesday afternoon that snow is expected to begin later this afternoon (Tuesday) and accumulate two to three inches overnight. Then another three to five inches is expected to arrive Wednesday, with possible additional snow on Thursday.
“Between today and tomorrow, it looks like it could be between five and eight inches,” Kerrigan said. “We’re ready to run around the clock.”
Kerrigan said the first crew would start Tuesday afternoon when the snow arrives, and work until 11 p.m., when a second crew will begin and work from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. if necessary.
Kerrigan said that in terms of the number of cars on the road, the timing isn’t bad.
“It should be pretty manageable,” he said. “A lot of people aren’t working today so there shouldn’t be much of a rush hour. And tomorrow (Wednesday) we’re not expecting traffic,” he said.
On the other hand, the cold temperatures make it harder to keep the roads from becoming slippery.
“One thing working against us is the cold temperatures,” Kerrigan said. “Salt is not as effective when we’re in the single digits.”
To combat that, crews mix liquid calcium chloride with the dry salt to create a mix that is better at fighting ice build-up.
Temperatures are expected to be in the single digits overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, without a significant warm-up coming in with the new year.