Chicago prepares for the first snowstorm of the season

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CHICAGO - The city of Chicago has taken steps to prepare for today's snowstorm.  City crews and plow drivers have been called in to work throughout the day, clearing city streets.  Last month, city officials held a press conference to talk about plans for winter preparedness.  Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams says the city is prepared for a very active winter season. They are expecting as many as 20 snow events.

The city has added 26 new salt spreaders to its 300-piece fleet of snow-removal trucks. It has purchased 374,000 tons of salt at 19 facilities across the city.   City plows will focus on Lake Shore Drive first and then move to the arterial streets second.  They will switch to side streets once the snow stops falling.   Chicago plows can be tracked at


City officials  remind residents that they are required to keep sidewalks shoveled and cleared of snow or face a fine.

Chicago's heat ordinance mandates that landlords must keep thermostats at 66 degrees during overnight hours and 66 degrees during the day in the winter.

There will be six warming centers open to residents throughout the city that operate during normal business hours.

One warming center, at 10 S. Kedzie Ave., will be open 24 hours.

Call 311 to find the warming center nearest you.