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updated: 1/31/2011 5:26 PM

Fox Valley preps for storm

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  • Shales Parkway between Route 19 and Bode Road is one of several roads in Elgin that will be closed during the snow storm.

       Shales Parkway between Route 19 and Bode Road is one of several roads in Elgin that will be closed during the snow storm.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

Daily Herald Staff

The City of Elgin is hoping to alert motorists to possible trouble spots as the region stares down the barrel of a massive winter storm today and Wednesday.

Public works crews have placed signs at several intersections around town warning that predicted blizzard conditions make some roads impassable, and that at the very least drivers should take caution on those roads even if they remain open.

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The signs are placed on northbound and southbound Route 31 near Kimball Street, on Shales Parkway between Bode Road and Route 19, eastbound Chicago Street approaching the hill to Route 25, and eastbound and westbound Route 20 approaching Nesler Road.

The looming blizzard is forcing others to cancel events.


• In Carpentersville, the village board postponed its Tuesday night meeting to Thursday.

• The Rotary Club of Carpentersville canceled its Wednesday meeting as well.


• Huntley canceled its developer/broker forum that was due to take place Wednesday.

• The weather also forced the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce to reschedule its general membership meeting from this Wednesday to the following Wednesday.


• A spokesman for Elgin Area School District U-46, the largest school district in the area, said Monday the district may cancel all after-school events on Tuesday but that a decision will not be made until Tuesday morning.

Parents will be notified if Tuesday activities are canceled and if school on Wednesday is canceled via U-46's rapid communication system, which automatically contacts parents by phone and e-mail.

Check throughout the storm for closure updates and more information.

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