Tag: National Weather Service

School Closings, Cancellations Accumulate Ahead Of Snow Storm

Thursday, February 8, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Winter Storm Warning is in effect for this evening through Friday. | National Weather Service 

The National Weather Service forecasts that a winter storm is headed to Chicago and the suburbs that could bring up to 12 inches of snow in some areas by Friday night.

“Travel will be very difficult to impossible at times, including during the morning commute on Friday,” according to a statement the weather service released on Thursday.

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Heavy, Constant Rain Leads to First-ever Pumpkin Patch Parade Cancellation

Saturday, October 4, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The nearly non-stop rain on Saturday has flooded parts of the Des Plaines River and thrown a wrench in many people’s plans, particularly those looking forward to enjoying the annual Maywood Fine Arts Pumpkin Patch Parade.

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Keep Cool! Heat Advisory for Sat. July 18 — Maywood, Nearby Cooling Centers Listed

Seniors avoid heat index

Area senior citizens take a break from the heat index inside the 200 S. 5th Avenue Multipurpose Building today.The building is one of several cooling centers in the area for people to get out of the scorching sun. Photo courtesy Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.

Friday, July 17, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

According to the Chicago Tribune:

“The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Saturday when temperatures are expected to be in the middle 90s but it will feel like 105 to 110 degrees.

“The advisory is for the entire Chicago metropolitan area, according to weather service meteorologist Gino Izzi.

“We’re looking for the highs to get up into the mid-90s with the heat index peaking between 105 and 110 on Saturday,” Izzi said. The heat index “essentially is what it feels like,” he said,

Another indicator is the dew point, which is expected to climb well into the 70s on Saturday, which should be mostly sunny.

One of the highest dew points ever measured in the Chicago area was during the deadly heat wave of 1995, when it hovered in the low 80s, Izzi said. “That was extraordinarily rare.”

Thunderstorms are possible Saturday night and on Sunday, when temperatures should peak in the 80s.

“It will be not be quite as hot as Sunday but still humid,” Izzi said.

Monday will be less humid, and Tuesday and Wednesday appear to be typical summer days with highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 70s.

Cooling centers near you

“As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, the Governor has made over 120 state facilities available as cooling centers,” according to Keep Cool Illinois. “The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days. Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday. For more information about DHS Cooling Centers, please call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at (800) 843-6154 during normal business hours.”

The nearest cooling center designated by Keep Cool Illinois — listed within 5 miles of the 60153 area code — is in Melrose Park, according to the organization’s web page:

  • MELROSE PARK – WEST SUBURBAN
    DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
    2701 WEST LAKE STREET
    MELROSE PARK, IL 60160-3800
    Distance: 1.6 Mile(s)
    41.89511571-87.86572425

Here’s a partial listing of other cooling centers in Maywood:

  • The Police Station at 125 S. 5th Ave.
  • The Maywood Multi-Purpose Building at 200 S. 5th Ave.
  • The Maywood Public Library at 121 S. 5th Ave.
  • Also know that there’s nothing wrong with seeking temporary respite from the heat in air-conditioned fast food restaurants.
  • And if you want to keep cool in a very fun way, there’s the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center: Click on the image below for pool information.

Kids Have Fun At Fred Hampton Pool

BREAKING: D209 & D89 Closed Thursday, Jan. 8th

winter storm

Photo by Reuters || Carlo Allegri.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 8:35 PM

School will be closed on Thursday for student at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. District 89 will also be closed tomorrow, although all 12-month employees are expected to go into work.

Whether or not school districts decide to open or close during arctic conditions is not exactly a science. For instance, in the nearby Oak Park and River Forest suburban area, Oak Park Elementary School D97 opted to close while River Forest D90 opted to open–based on two different analyses of the same weather source.

D90 officials explained that the decision to reopen tomorrow was based on an expectation that weather conditions would improve by then.

“The National Weather Service has downgraded the severity of weather conditions from a Wind Chill Warning to a Wind Chill Advisory,” according to the district’s statement. “Though temperatures in the morning are still predicted to be very cold, this no longer qualifies them as ‘life-threatening’ (by the National Weather Service definition).

On the contrary, D97’s justification to close was basedon the National Weather Service forecasting ‘dangerously frigid weather’ for Thursday. VFP

Flash Flood Warning for Now, More Rain Tonight

Semi-Truck Driving Through Flooded 25th Avenue
A semi wades through high waters on 25th Ave., between Washington Blvd. and St. Charles Rd.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Cook County and forecasts more rainfall and “possibly a thunderstorm before 1 am:”

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1/2 INCH TO AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE IN
THE WARNED AREA THIS AFTERNOON AS LOW PRESSURE MOVES ALONG THE IOWA
ILLINOIS BORDER.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM THIS STORM WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE ELEVATED
LEVELS ON SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...PONDING OF WATER ON
ROADS...URBAN AREAS...HIGHWAYS... UNDERPASSES AND LOW LYING AREAS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.