Large Storm System Expected to Hit Lake County During Overnight Hours of Wed. 2/19 and Continue through Friday 2/21

Beginning Wednesday night and continuing through Friday morning, the Gurnee area is expected to experience a large and complicated storm system that will bring a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Rain is forecasted to begin after midnight tonight (Wednesday) with the possibility of heavy and isolated thunderstorms, some of which may produce hail. Thursday precipitation will likely include both snow and rain, which will produce the potential for significant snowmelt and minor localized flooding Thursday afternoon, as well as potential thunderstorms with strong, damaging winds with gusts of up to 50 mph possible Thursday evening. Strong winds could cause some trees to topple, leading to scattered power outages.

Hazardous driving conditions are anticipated, especially as temperatures drop Thursday night, creating ice on roadways and surfaces. Lake County PASSAGE is your best resource for current travel information through the county.

Please keep in mind the following safety tips during this winter weather event:

  • Drive Safely
    • If a roadway is flooded, never attempt to drive through water on a road. Water can be deeper than it appears, and water levels can rise quickly. Wade through floodwaters only if water is not flowing rapidly and only in water no higher than your knees. Attempt to get to higher ground, but be careful because manhole covers can be off. If your car in flood water, do not attempt to push it out. Please seek higher ground.
    • Roadways are expected to be icy as temperatures drop Thursday evening. Use extra caution when driving and allow additional time to reach your destination.
  • Help Minimize Local Flooding by Clearing Nearby Storm Sewer Inlets:
    • The Village is requesting that residents search for and clear ice and snow from any storm sewer inlets near their home.  These inlets allow snow melt-off and rain water to be safely carried away from homes, businesses and other structures and keep streets clear of localized flooding. However, when blocked, their ability to collect and transport water is dramatically reduced. Residents with any questions or who see pooling water over 6 inches deep should contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800. Residents who need assistance finding their inlet can refer to the Village's interactive Storm Sewer Map for guidance (inlets are indicated by solid green squares). For more information on how flooding occurs and what you can do to minimize it, please visit the Village's page on Understanding and Minimizing Floods.
  • Protect Your Home From Flooding
    • Ensure your sump pump is working correctly by pouring water into the pit. Test backup sump pump batteries. Verify that the sump pump discharge pump outside of your home is not frozen, clogged, or blocked in any way. Also check your downspouts to be sure those are free of snow, ice or other debris. If your sump is not discharging properly outside of your home or if your downspouts are blocked, the water will redivert towards your house, causing potential flooding within your home.
  • Be Prepared for High Winds
    • As with any strong storm, the potential for high winds can cause damage to loose items outside of your home. Bring those items indoors or tie them down (i.e., trampolines and patio furniture).
  • Report Power Outages to ComEd
    • Power outages should be reported to ComEd through their website, smart phone application, or by calling 1-800-EDISON-1.
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