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Earliest Day to Fall to 32 Degrees
32 degrees F on Sep 22, 1995

Earliest Day to Fall Below 32 Degrees
29 degrees F on Sep 23, 1995

Latest Day to Fall Below 32 Degrees
31 degrees F on May 21, 2002

Latest Day to Fall to 32 Degrees
32 degrees F on May 25, 1992

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Coldest Month
Longest stretch of freezing weather (43 days) began on December 28, 1976 and lasted through February 8th, 1977.

SNOWFALL (in inches)

Seasonal Greatest
in 1978-79

in January 1918

23.0 in Jan 26-27 1967 'Big Snow'

24 hours
in January 26-27 1967
'Big Snow' 1967. Funnel clouds reported in southwest Chicago on January 24, 1967 prior to snow storm. Following the 'Big Snow' the 1967 season was an extreme snow season with snow falling on the first six of seven days of February, which began with 19 inches on the ground -- 9 inches added by February 7. A short blizzard hit on February 23 adding another 4.5 inches of snow with 40 mph gusts and lightning and thunder. Over 50 deaths indirectly related to storm. The area's worst tornado outbreaks to date followed on April 21, 1967.

Greatest in Calendar Day
in January 2, 1999

Trace snowfall has been reported on September 25, 1928 and September 25, 1942. Earliest measurable snowfall is 0.2 inches October 18, 1972. Another 0.6 inches of snow fell on October 19, 1972. First snowfall greater than one inch in one day was 3.8 inches on October 19, 1989. A three-day total including and following this date totalled 6.3 inches.

Latest snowfall (.2 inch) has been reported on May 11th, 1966. Some areas of the Chicago metro area reported 2 inches of snow from strong easterly winds. The latest official snowfall greater than one inch occurred May 1 and May 2, 1940 when 2.2 inches of total snowfall occurred.


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The Physical Exertion Factor

Shoveling can be good exercise, but only if you are already in good shape. Shoveling stresses the low back, neck and shoulders and the cardiovascular system.

The low back is most stressed by lifting snow that is too heavy on the shovel. Use good judgment in choosing how much snow you allow yourself to lift and throw or dump from the shovel. Also, poor lifting technique can cause back muscle strain and herniated intervertebral discs. A healthy person should bend the knees and hips while reaching down to pick up the snow. There is normally a slight curve in the low back, known as lordosis, that should remain neutral as you bend your knees and hips during descent. Actually, the pelvis should tilt forward on the way down and become upright during the lift as the knees and hips straighten. If a person does not bend their knees and hips and tilt the pelvis forward during descent, and straighten the knees and hips and upright the pelvis during ascent; there is much more stress on the back that puts intervertebral discs, ligaments and muscles at risk of injury. It is also very important to avoid spinal rotation, which is defined by the shoulders turning to the direction of snow release before the feet turn to the direction of snow release. Avoid twisting or rotating the spinal column while your shovel is loaded. Loaded spinal rotation puts the intervertebral discs at greater risk to herniation.

The shoulders and neck are under stress during shoveling because they transmit the forces of the weight of the shovel and snow from the arms to the body and down toward the feet and to the earth. This grounding of forces is part of plain old physics. The muscle forces of the body that lift the weight of the snow and the shovel send an equal and opposite reaction of force to the earth through the feet. Exercise physiologists and personal trainers call this transfer 'force attenuation.' Keep in mind your feet are on a slippery surface, so grounding of forces is even more difficult than lifting on a stable surface. Basically, if you are not coordinated during lifting and don’t use good body mechanics, your neck and shoulders can experience more stress than necessary. When the body is not good at sending forces to the ground, the forces at the neck and shoulder forces sort of pile up right at the neck and shoulders -- muscles get strained, and the neck vertebrae and intervertebral discs get compressed. Force attenuation is one of the reasons core training is so important. Strong, coordinated and flexible abdominal muscles and low back muscles are the big force acceptors and force transferers. The better the condition of the core, the better the core accepts forces occurring at the neck and shoulder and transfers those forces to the legs and feet for grounding.

Last, but not least is cardiovascular stress. Every year people die from heart attacks or sudden cardiac death while shoveling snow. The combination of speed and load can be very stressful on the cardiovascular system. Learn to pace during shoveling. Learn to take your heart rate and know your safe target heart rate range. Watch for symptoms of breathlessness, muscle fatigue and chest discomfort. Keep in mind the following: (1) heavy load puts more stress on the heart, (2) excessive speed of shoveling puts more stress on the heart, (3) how far you throw the snow puts varying levels of stress on the heart, (4) longer duration of shoveling puts more stress on the heart, and (5) breathing cold air puts more stress on the heart and lungs. Consider multiple shoveling sessions rather than one big session at the end of the snowfall. Watch the weather forecast and radar to keep up with snowfall expectations.

The Safety Factor
The biggest safety factors involve snowblowers (See Snowblowers on Amazon). Snowblowers get much more work done with less physical exertion than snow shoveling, but they do have their risks. Never put your fingers or hands near any moving parts of a snow blower, such as the chute or the auger. Fingers and hands can be amputated by snowblower augers. Newspapers can clog a snow blower. Don’t be tempted to clear the blower while it is running. Make sure it can’t accidentally start-up during clearance.

Be careful where you are throwing the snow ... don’t hit bystanders with projectiles.

Be careful getting too close to the end of the driveway while snow plows pass your driveway. Snow plows can pick off something off of the street and toss a projectile in your direction that could cause serious injury or death.

Snow Maintenance
Plan where you are going to pile up the snow, if you are experiencing a heavy snowfall. Don’t block your view from traffic in the street or pedestrians in the sidewalk with huge piles of snow. Sometimes it is important to plan ahead to manage how melting snow may affect drainage and re-freezing overnight. Be ready with calcium carbonate material or other ice meters (Ice Melters on Amazon) for walking and driving areas that melt and re-freeze.

Heavy, wet snow can bend and snap tall evergreens and other trees. Consider tying the branches of trees at risk with rope. Don’t use wire. It can cut and damage the tree.

Please see the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act (CIVIL IMMUNITIES
745 ILCS 75 Snow and Ice Removal Act
) for information on liability of owners who have cleared their property of snow.


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Public Works Department is busy keeping 230 miles of streets in Arlington Heights cleared of ice and snow accumulation.

Snow fighters are on 24 hour call and will be on the streets salting or plowing within 45 minutes of being alerted by a supervisor.

Supervisors monitor broadcast weather programs and utilize a private weather service be alert of rapidly changing local conditions which may result in snowfall or freezing rain.

Snowfall accumulations of less than two inches
Eighteen trucks are dispatched to spread rock salt on all the streets and municipal lots -- work usually completed within four to six hours.

Snowfall accumulations greater than two inches
Twenty large trucks and 12 smaller cul-de-sac trucks are dispatched to plow all the streets. The length of time required to clear the streets in these heavier snowfalls will vary with the snowfall intensity, wind speed, and temperature; however, the streets are generally cleared within eight hours after the end of the storm.

Arterial and Collector Streets are cleared first. Trucks will make two opening passes on all streets in the zone and then return later to plow the street full width to the curb.

Residents are advised to wait until after the plows have moved the snow to the curb before attempting to clean the their driveway apron. Significantly more snow will fall from the end of a plow onto a cleared apron than onto a snow covered apron.

An additional crew is called in each time it snows to clear eight miles of sidewalks around public parking lots, around areas leading to the downtown train station, around Village owned buildings, around the PACE bus stop shelters, and on some school routes.

Snow and ice control operations are one of the more costly services provided to the residents.

During the '98-'99 winter season Public Works trucks drove a total of 42,350 miles and used 5,380 tons of salt to clear the snow and ice.

For the Public Works Department, winter begins in September and continues through April. Significant snowfalls can arrive as early as Thanksgiving in November.

Equipment is maintained during the summer months.

First deliveries of de-icing materials arrive in October. Rock salt arrives in quantities of 400 to 500 tons per order (20 semi trucks) and is stored in the Village's Salt Dome near Ridge and Wing Street. Up to 4000 tons to 8000 tons of rock salt can be used in a normal winter. Flake-melt de-icing is used on sidewalks and Calcium-Magnesium-Acetate is used in parking structures. C.M.A. melts the snow and ice and helps protect the concrete and metal parts of the parking garage from corrosion damage.

In mid-November the Public Works Department holds its annual Snow Day. Drivers are assigned to one of 30 zones in the Village for plowing and salting. Drivers travel through their zones to become thoroughly familiar with the route, and any unusual obstacles or conditions which may become hidden during a snowfall. Also, the drivers sharpen their operating skills by traveling through an obstacle course full of narrow turns and maneuvers.

Although not required by Ordinance, residents are encouraged to be good neighbors by clearing snow from the sidewalks adjacent to their homes. Please be especially careful while walking and driving. Although the pavement may look dry, a patch of ice could be lurking anywhere.

Be Kind to Your Heart - Snow shoveling can be very strenuous. Work at a comfortable pace, you can always finish the work tomorrow. Watch out for frostbite!

Watch Your Hands - If your snowblower becomes clogged, turn it off! If it is electric, unplug it! Do not attempt to clear a clogged snowblower unless it has NO chance of restarting. Then use a stick to clear the blockage - not your hands.

Adopt a Hydrant - Keep snow cleared for three feet on all sides of fire hydrants in your neighborhood. This will save valuable time for Firefighters in the event of an emergency. The house you save may be your own.

Keep Away from Snowplows - If you happen to be out walking or shoveling your driveway and you see a snowplow approaching, stand well back from the edge of the pavement. The driver will slow as he approaches you, but even at very slow speeds objects can easily be thrown fifteen feet from the snowplow.

Park Away from the Street - Avoid parking in your driveway with your bumper close to the edge of the street. This practice is hazardous to the plow driver, hazardous to your vehicle, and hazardous to your neighbors as it can interfere with complete clearing of the snow from street pavements. In most locations this practice is also against Village Ordinance, as the vehicle winds up parked within the street right of way overnight - a prohibited practice.

Maximize Street Width - If you are having guests over to your home, advise them ahead of time to all park on the same side of the street. When vehicles are parked directly opposite each other, and especially if not all the way up against the curb, the resulting narrowed roadway width can make it difficult for emergency vehicles to pass through.

Shovel it Once - Wait until plows have cleared your street from curb to curb before cleaning your driveway apron. Snowplows leave significantly more snow on a clean drive than on a snow covered drive. Throw your snow on the parkway to the left of walks and drives as viewed from the street looking towards the house. Subsequent snowplow passes will push this extra snow away from your drive rather than into the drive.

Garbage Disposal - Place your garbage in the parkway approximately three feet from the edge of the street. Do not place your garbage in the street.

Mailboxes - Residents are responsible to keep snow cleared from in front of mailboxes.

Snowplow drivers will clear as close to the boxes as possible. Should you be unfortunate enough to have your mailbox knocked down by a snowplow, please call 847-368-5834. Temporary repairs are made to damaged mailboxes within one day of the end of a storm, with permanent replacements in the spring. If you are on a County or State plowed route, we will put you in contact with the appropriate agency. If you are planning to install a new mailbox, please telephone 847-368-5834 for the proper setback from the roadway.

Parking Restrictions - Parking is not allowed on Village streets from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. daily. In addition, no parking is allowed on Village streets after two inches of snowfall, until such time that the street is completely cleared of snow.

Snow Deposits on Streets - Snow cleared from private areas may not be deposited on public walks or streets. Snow cleared from walks or drives may not be deposited in the streets. Besides being against Village ordinance, these practices may result in hazardous conditions.

There are some easy steps that you can take to help protect yourself from the inconvenience and possible expense of frozen water pipes. Indoors, the pipes to be concerned about are those which run in an enclosed space along an outside wall, or run uninsulated through a crawl space.

When the outdoor air temperature drops below 10° F, opening the cabinet doors to the sink or using a fan to circulate warm air into the crawl space can help keep your pipes from freezing. Moving water through the pipes will also help. Establishing a flow of one to two drops per second through both the hot and cold water pipes should do.

Most water services are buried deep enough that they do not freeze, even during our coldest temperatures. Of those that are susceptible, they may actually be freezing at the point where they rise to enter the building in a crawl space or other cold location. Insulating the water piping and blowing warmer air into these spaces can help. A buried water service pipe will freeze when the ground surrounding the pipe is frozen, and there is insufficient flow of water through the pipe to keep the temperature above freezing. Our Lake Michigan water can be as cold as 33°F in mid- winter, so it can freeze fairly quickly if left standing motionless.

If your water service has not frozen in the past, you are probably safe. If you have had your water service line freeze, it will freeze again without any corrective action on your part. Any time outside temperatures fall below 10°F for a week and especially if they fall to 0°F, you must establish a small trickle of water through a cold water faucet to keep the service flowing. You cannot stop the flow even for short intervals or the service will freeze. You must keep the trickle running even when outside temperatures go back up. The ground will warm up much more slowly than the air. If the temperature remained at 10° F for 5 days, keep the trickle running until there have been at least 5 days in a row where the temperatures were above freezing, or even longer if it seems like there may be any lessening of water flow through your pipes. The longer temperatures remain low, the longer it will be necessary to keep a trickle running through your service to protect it. Unfortunately, the only permanent solution to a recurring freezing service is to replace it with new, deeper buried service pipe.

*Much of this text was reproduced from the official Village of Arlington Heights Website Public Works pages. Please stay updated with the latest information from the Village of Arlington Heights website. The information is considered to be public domain and subject to fair use. For the best and safest information look for the latest information from the Village of Arlington Heights, which may update prior to updates on this page without notice.

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