Winter Weather Alert

February, 8, 2018

The Village of River Forest is continually monitoring the current and future weather forecasts and remains prepared to treat and plow streets as needed. The Village appreciates your help in keeping the Village safe during winter weather events. 

No Parking on Village Streets

Accumulating snow requires plowing and salting operations to maintain safe roadways. The trucks used for these operations are large and have difficulty maneuvering on residential streets with parked cars. Parking is not permitted on Village streets for eight hours following a snowfall of two inches or more. Parked cars impede operations which result in slower response times and can create hazardous conditions.

Due to the high volume of snow expected, an overnight parking ban will also be in place. No overnight street parking will be allowed from Thursday, February 8, 2018 to Saturday, February 10, 2018. 

Important Snow Codes

With snow on its way, the Village would like to remind you:

  • Village code requires residents and business owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their property within 24 hours after an event.
  • Snow or ice frozen on sidewalks that cannot be removed without injury to the pavement should be treated with an abrasive material until weather permits further clean-up.
  • Snow removal contractors are prohibited from using snow blowers between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
  • The placement of snow or ice on any Village owned street, alley or sidewalk is prohibited.

Help the River Forest Fire Department - Keep Hydrants Clear of Snow!

Winter Driving Tips from the River Forest Police Department

  • Slow down. Even if you have all-wheel drive, slippery conditions will reduce your ability to stop, and the faster you are traveling the longer it will take you to stop.

  • Beware of black ice. Black ice is dangerous because it can be hard to see, but you can anticipate it on bridges, in the shadows of tall buildings, and near intersections. In bad weather, give yourself even more time and distance to stop for intersections.

  • Avoid tailgating. Leave as much room as you can between yourself and the car in front of you to stop in case that person brakes suddenly.

  • Don’t brake during a turn. Slow down ahead of time and take your foot off the brake in order to coast through the turn.

  • Turn into a skid. Remain calm, take your foot off the brake and the gas pedals, and turn the car in the direction the car is skidding. For example, if sliding to the left, gently turn the steering wheel to the left. This cancels out the skid. The car corrects itself and goes straight.

  • Accident reporting.  If you are involved in an accident on a public way, you may call 911 to report the accident.  If there are no injuries and all cars involved are drivable, you may be instructed to drive to the nearest police station in the jurisdiction to complete the report.  Remember that if weather conditions contributed to your accident, there is a chance that those same conditions may contribute to additional accidents nearby.  If safe to do so, you may move your car out of a dangerous location.  If you are unable to move your vehicle, remain inside with your seatbelt on.

  • Just don’t drive.  The best way to be safe during inclement weather is to simply avoid driving if possible.  Be aware of weather advisories and alerts and plan ahead in order to ensure you are not on the road.