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Storm Update; Refuse Collection Changes

February 1, 2011
The weather forecast is currently predicting a near-record snowstorm this week. Snowfall accumulations in excess of 16 inches are expected between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening.

During the storm, peak snowfall rates are expected to be 1-3 inches per hour. Winds in excess of 45 mph and blizzard conditions are also expected.

The Public Works Department’s snow plan will field all available equipment and all available personnel on an around-the-clock basis. Crews will be split into two (2) 12-hour shifts that will work 24-hours per day beginning on Tuesday and continuing until all the snow is cleared. Do not follow snow plows as they are subject to sudden stops and turns.

However, given the amount of snowfall, high rate of accumulation, and windy conditions, it is likely that snowplows will not be able to keep up. You should expect significant snowfall accumulations on Village streets starting on Tuesday night until mid-day on Thursday. Video Message on Storm Information.

Residents are advised to limit unnecessary travel during these hours. Unless absolutely necessary, please do not shovel the end of your driveway until plow crews have completely cleared the street. It is expected that the streets will not be completed until a minimum of 16 hours after the storm has stopped. This will minimize the frustration associated with having to remove heavy amounts of snow from the end of your driveway several times.

Public Works crews will plow main arterials and collector streets on a more frequent basis than side streets.

The Public Works Department is not responsible for plowing State and County Roads within the Village. Click here for contact numbers for State and County Roads. 

For questions on plowing operations on Village streets, please contact the Public Works Snow Command Center at 847-368-5834.

Important Reminders 
  • Refuse collection for residents of the Village of Arlington Heights will be delayed one day due to landfills being closed during the storm. In Arlington Heights, residents living north of Oakton will have their recycling and refuse collected on Friday, February 4 and residents living south of Oakton will have their recycling and refuse collected on Saturday, February 5.

For more information on refuse and recycling pick-up schedules, please contact Groot Industries at 1-800-244-1977 or

  • Please do not park on any Village streets after 2 inches of snow until all streets are cleared. This restriction is necessary so that snowplow crews can effectively and efficiently clear the streets. The Arlington Heights Police Department will be ticketing offenders and towing vehicles, if necessary during this storm. Cars left on the street are subject to being plowed in at the risk of its owner. 
  • Residents are reminded that it is unlawful to shovel, pile, plow, or throw snow onto Village streets.
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