Massive 18 inches of snow hits Arlington Heights

Tied for the greatest snow total in Chicago, Arlington Heights got its fair share of the storm with 18 inches of snow.

Now the goal is to scoop it up and starting tomorrow, haul it out.

Because when the real cold moves in, this village of 75,000 wants the roads clear and free of ice.

A full fleet was out in full force cleaning up after the New Year’s Eve storm of 2013 that blew right into 2014. 28 big trucks and 32 small ones combed 245 lane miles of northwest suburban Arlington Heights.  The fleet kept  up with it has been working non-stop for 48 hours and counting.

With plunging temperatures closing in, salt trucks are everywhere to help prevent any icing on the roads.

With more snow last month than most Decembers, Arlington Heights has used close to 2000 tons of its 6500 ton inventory. And historically, the real snow typically drops in January and February. Combine that with overtime for drivers and their time and a half fees when it dumps on a holiday, Arlington Heights’ bills may be more difficult to plow through than the snow itself.

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