When will the snow melt in Chicago? How to prepare for flooding streets, falling ice following winter storm

Chicagoans urged to take precautions as massive snowfall starts to melt
CHICAGO (WLS) -- More snow is expected Sunday.

Snow is already beginning to fall again in much of DuPage and Kane counties Sunday afternoon, and moving east, according to ABC7 Chicago Meteorologist Phil Schwarz. He said the latest snowfall will be a wet snow but could briefly come down heavily in the evening.

Most areas will get 1-2 inches with up to 3 inches near the Wisconsin line, but will likely end before midnight.

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Chicago firefighters are warning everyone to stay off the ice after several rescues over the weekend.



The snow is expected to last through the evening, with a mix over to rain possible south of I-80 late Sunday.

Despite more snow, Schwarz said temperatures will get above freezing again each day this week. Apart from some flurries or sprinkles Monday night, the work week will be dry. However, rain and snow are possible next weekend. Schwarz added that this is good news, as the lack of any big rainstorm will allow for the snow to melt gradually, minimizing the flood threat.

Still, as temperatures start to rise, Chicagoans are being urged to take precautions following the massive snowfall as that snow begins to melt.

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Walking down most neighborhood streets, it's not hard to see the aftermath of last week's historic snowstorm, but in the next 24 hours, temps are expected to get above freezing. That means those snow piles and icicles will soon start to melt away, bringing a new host of concerns.

Concerns over falling ice are one thing, but for homeowners, there are other things to keep in mind, especially with the wet snow to follow the melt.

"The concern would be collapsing roofs," said Rand Urban, who is a private contractor. "If you have an old garage, for instance, it's common for roofs to collapse."

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The warning didn't come soon enough for one home on North Oak Park Avenue in the Galewood neighborhood after Chicago Fire Department said the garage roof collapsed Saturday afternoon.

The private contractor and handyman from Portage Park advises homeowners to take a general assessment of the previous storms' impacts to their homes.

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"If they already have ice damming, then they're gonna have more ice damming. My solution is to turn down the heat to slow down the ice from melting," Urban said. "If you don't have ice damming," turning up the heat would get the snow off the roof by melting it.

Experts also said to prevent flooding from the excessive snowmelt, clear drains and sewers of debris and snow to allow draining for melting.

For property owners, Sunday afternoon -- before the next round of snow comes -- building managers should cordon off areas underneath ice from rooftops to prevent possible hazards for others.

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Other than that, Urban said any other heavy-duty maintenance should be left to the pros.

"You gotta let it run its course. And then, when the weather warms up, then you do something about it," Urban said. "I would leave it to professionals. So even the professionals get hurt... It's dangerous enough, it's even dangerous for the professionals."

Lastly, as the snow melts, be advised the ice formations that were once solid will start to give way.

A recent snowmobile accident serves as a reminder to steer clear from thin ice.

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If you are planning to do any type of ice or snow clearing, Urban said the best time to do it Sunday will be during the late morning and afternoon hours before the wet snow and colder temperatures are expected to come.

Snow Fleet Deployed



The Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) has activated a Phase II, deploying 211 snow vehicles in response to Sunday's layer of snow, according to city officials.

Salt spreaders will be focusing on addressing snow along Chicago's arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive to ensure they are safe and passable for motorists, DSS said.

The overnight snow Sunday may results in slick road conditions across the Chicago-area, and DSS said they are monitoring the weather and ground conditions through the latest winter snow system.

To see the city's snow fleet in real time, visit www.chicagoshovels.org. Residents can also sign up to receive up to date weather conditions and emergency information at NotifyChicago.org.

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