Schools throughout the western suburbs were closed Friday and many libraries also shuttered at least for the morning, with public officials grateful people heeded advice to stay off the roads.
“People are staying in,” Western Springs Deputy Police Chief Dan Albrecht said Friday morning, reported there had been no accidents in town since 7 a.m. Thursday.
In Burr Ridge, one car slid into a ditch about 12:20 a.m. Friday on the 7900 block of Madison Street, Deputy Police Chief Marc Loftus said.
In La Grange, there were no problems and traffic was light. Deputy Police Chief Andrew Peters said with schools closed, there’s automatically a drop in traffic.
“We’ve been pretty quiet,” Peters said. “A lot of people are heeding the warnings and staying off the roads, which is good.”
The National Weather Services had issued a Winter Storm Warning calling for the possibility of 8-14 inches of snow through Saturday morning, with localized higher amounts. They warned limited visibility and blowing snow could impact travel.
Though snow was lighter in some areas then expected, snow continued Friday morning and the weather advisory had been pushed to 6 p.m. Friday.
There were enough people out to drum up some business at the Hinsdale News Agency, which had four sleds the store when opening Friday morning. A sign put out from advertising the sleds led to three of them being sold by 9:30 a.m., a worker said.
In Elmhurst, city officials were encouraging residents to not blow snow or shovel it onto streets, and urging residents to assist in keeping fire hydrants clear of snow piles.
In Western Springs, parking was sparse with many people not commuting into Chicago. But the Starbucks was packed, with one employee saying a lot of people who telecommute taking advantage of the Wi-Fi.
Cindy Ramos, another worker, said business picked up after 10 a.m. with people stopping in to work or visit. But said the rush hour was different because of fewer commuters.
“This morning was definitely slower,” she said.