Chicagoans embrace first snow of the season

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Ready or not, here it comes…

First the snow-- then the plow trucks. No matter how you feel about it... “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Everywhere you go!”

Some Chicagoans love it, Mario Moreno said he’s “Excited. Hoping, waiting to slide around and see all the fun we can have.”

Some are no-- Especially when you reflect on last winter. “Chibera” it was dubbed —when “old man winter” dumped more than 80 inches of snow on Chicago, making it the third snowiest winter on record.

Bill Latin purchases supplies to get him through this winter.

“Last winter was a pleasure. Every morning waking up and coming home and looking like you never even shoveled. Hence the snow blower.”

And how could we forget about those brutal and bitter temperatures—that felt like 50 below.

Gary Schenkel, Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management said “We anticipate that we will continue to deal with significant snow fall and very cold temperatures this winter as well.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, gathering his team this Saturday to let residents know the city is ready-- with 19 new snow plows and salt trucks and lots of salt.

“We never ran out of salt last time, we happen to have more salt on hand and easily accessible than last year, but 115k tons for a total of 400-thosuand tons.”

A whopping $33 million spent on last winter, with the city dipping into a surplus courtesy of the “motor fuel tax.

This year, $20 million has been set aside and the mayor says they’re doing a few things differently this year when it comes to plowing. “Where they’re stored or rather where they are throughout the city, we redesigned that so they can get to their jobs quicker and be on the streets faster whether it’s plowing or with salt.”

IDOT is encouraging you to give plows plenty of room to navigate on the roads.

The city’s warming centers— also open on days when temperatures dip below 32-degrees.

Dial 311 to get more information.

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