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Thu January 2, 2014

DuPage County has been placed under a lake effect snow warning until 6pm this evening. Snow accumulations are estimated to total 9-12 inches. Following this snowfall, temperatures are expected to drop significantly tonight to -7 with wind chills of -17. This significant snow fall followed by extreme cold temperatures can create potentially hazardous and dangerous conditions. Residents are urged to take the following precautions to stay safe:

·Be extra cautious when leaving work today as sidewalks, stairs and the parking lots may be slippery.

·Make sure you are stocked with winter emergency supplies in your car (extra blankets, hats and gloves, roadside flares, bottles of water, cellphone charger, etc.)

·Make sure your car has a full tank of gas.

·Allow extra time for travel and anticipate slow moving traffic.

·If you have to do outdoor chores, such as shoveling, dress warm and work slowly as to not overexert yourself. Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold.

·Stay up to date on hazardous weather warnings.

Despite this winter storm, all DuPage County Health Department locations and operations will remain open and will continue to provide the public with up to date information on this Winter Storm.

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