City officials prepare for winter storm; Chicagoans embrace snow

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CHICAGO-- Friday, at the Chicago Snow Command Center, officials are using a network of cameras and road sensors to monitor the snow.

While on city streets, an army of snow plows standing by.

Cole Stallard, Deputy Commissioner of Streets and Sanitation said “These trucks will clear and salt the (main) streets and any vital locations, including police stations, fire stations and hospitals.”

Then, in the morning, after it stops snowing, the plows will move into neighborhood streets.

“We will supplement our fleet with 27 4X4s and they will go into the neighborhoods also clearing the cul de sac along with narrow streets.”

At Montrose Harbor, a half a foot of snow is not enough to scare off these Chicagoans who plan to sleep outside tonight. They’re braving the elements to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

Kim L. Hunt, organizer “It’s November and that’s the whole point. There are youth experiencing homelessness who sleep out in this weather all the time. So for us to have a little discomfort tonight is ok.”

The group is counting on live music, soup, and these small tents to help get them through the night.

WGN’s Sean Lewis is here serving as one of the emcees.

The city anticipates that they will have all of the roads clear before people return to work Monday morning. T

This actually may been the perfect time for a snow storm.

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