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City Mobilizes for Another Winter Storm and Dangerous Temps

The National Weather Service has issued another Winter Storm Warning for the area until Sunday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m. The potential for heavy snow tonight into Sunday can result in an additional accumulation of 5-10” of snow or more. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Wind Chill Warning beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday until Tuesday, January 7 at Noon.  A wind chill warning means the wind will combine with very cold air to create dangerously low wind chill values. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or worse if safety precautions are not taken.

The City of Aurora has, once again, mobilized its full fleet of snow plows for snow and ice clearing operations around the clock for the next 36 hours.   To aide in the process, residents are advised to abide by the Snow Parking Ban and not park on public streets when there is more than 2 inches of snow and the roadway has not been plowed to the curb or edge.

The City has also opened a temporary 24-hour Warming Center for those in need of a heated facility. The Aurora Transportation Center, located at 233 N. Broadway, will be open around the clock and doubling as a Warming Center until Noon on Thursday, January 9.   Seven other Warming Centers are also available (please see below for locations and hours).

The City of Aurora is asking for cooperation in the snow and ice clearing procedures by:

  • Remaining indoors, but exercising extreme caution IF you must drive during this  time.
  • Abiding by the Snow Parking Ban and do not park on public streets when there is more than 2 inches of snow.  This will provide the necessary      opportunity for City of Aurora plows to clear the streets thoroughly.
  • Remembering  that the City is responsible for over 1,000 miles of roadways.  Our goal is to clear all streets within 14 hours after the snow stops falling. Heavier snowfalls often take longer.

The City of Aurora advises everyone to take extra safety precautions during this extreme weather:

  • Remaining indoors, if you must go out wear multiple layers of clothing to stay warm including gloves and hats to help prevent losing your body heat.
  • Check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly and others most susceptible to extreme cold conditions.
  • If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away.
  • Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Protect your pipes by running water at a trickle to help prevent them from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Don’t forget your pets - make sure they have enough shelter to keep warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

Additional Warming Centers:

Seven other locations also serve as daytime Warming Centers:

  • Aurora Public Library - Main  Branch
    • 1 E. Benton Street.
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday (9a-9p), Friday-Saturday (9a-5p), Sunday (1p-5p)
  • Aurora Public Library – Eola Road Branch
    • 555 S. Eola Road
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday (9a-9p), Friday-Saturday (9a-5p), Sunday (1p-5p)
  • Aurora Public Library – West Branch
    • 233 S. Constitution Drive
    • Hours: Monday-Thursday (9a-9p), Friday-Saturday (9a-5p), Sunday (1p-5p)
  • Hesed House
    • 659 S. River St.
    • Hours: Seven Days per Week (7a-7p)
  • Prisco Community Center
    • 150 W. Illinois Ave
    • Hours: Monday-Friday (8a-8:30p), Saturday (8:30a-4p)
  • Salvation Army
    • 437 E. Galena Blvd.
    • Hours: Monday-Friday (10a-4p)
  • Senior Services Associates
    • 900 N. Lake Street
    • Hours: Monday-Friday (8a-4p)

Pertinent updates will be available on the City’s website (, Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Location: Aurora, IL

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Release Date—January 4th, 2014