Winter 411

Winter in Arlington Heights

Looking for information on what to do if or when the winter weather stirs up trouble?  You have come to the right page!  Whether you want to know where to go to keep warm, what to do in a power outage, who plows what, or if someone can help you shovel your driveway, we hope to provide the answers you are looking for.  Any suggestions?  We welcome them!  Contact Us with your questions or comments and let us know what you'd like to see pertaining to Winter Weather in Arlington Heights!

Power Outages

In the event of a power outage, we would direct you to your electrical company, such as ComEd, as the Village does not have any authority in managing large, private utilities.  

The Illinois Commerce Commission is the State agency that regulates Commonwealth Edison.  The ICC is responsible for ensuring adequate, efficient, and reliable public utility services.  Please visit their website or contact them at 312.814.2859.

Snow Shoveling Program for Seniors & People with Disabilities

The Village of Arlington Heights Snow Shoveling Referral Program provides Arlington Heights residents who are over age 60 or who have a disability with the names and contact information of teens willing to shovel snow.

By participating in this snow shoveling referral program and providing contact information, residents wanting your assistance will be provided with a list of teens willing to shovel snow in your area.  The resident is responsible for contacting the teen and for making the scheduling and financial arrangements.  The teen is responsible for snow shoveling or notifying the resident if they are unable to complete the work.

If you are an Interested resident that would like help,  or a teen that would like to give it, please visit the Snow Shoveling Referral Program section on our Senior Center page for further details, forms, and applications. 

Staying Warm in Power Outages
  • Close blinds and curtains to keep in heat
  • Close off rooms to avoid wasting heat
  • Stuff towels or rags in the cracks under doors to keep drafts out
  • Layer your clothing and wear warm, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes
  • Huddle up in one interior room, if possible
  • Break out the blankets, scarves, gloves, and hats
  • Drink warm liquids
  • Exercise
  • If you have a tent, put it up indoors...the small, enclosed space will trap body heat
Stranded on the Road

If you become stranded...
Stay in the vehicle and wait for help. Do not leave the vehicle to search for assistance unless help is visible within 100 yards (91 meters). You can quickly become disoriented and confused in blowing snow. 

Display a trouble sign to indicate you need help. Hang a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) on the radio antenna and raise the hood after snow stops falling. 

Run the engine occasionally to keep warm. Turn on the engine for about 10 minutes each hour (or five minutes every half hour). Running the engine for only short periods reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and conserves fuel. Use the heater while the engine is running. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and slightly open a downwind window for ventilation. 

Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen. 

Do light exercises to keep up circulation. Clap your hands and move your arms and legs occasionally. Try not to stay in one position for too long. 

If more than one person is in the vehicle, take turns sleeping. If you are not awakened periodically to increase body temperature and circulation, you can freeze to death. 

Huddle together for warmth. Use newspapers, maps, and even the removable floor mats for added insulation. Layering items will help trap more body heat. 

Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Severe cold can cause numbness, making you unaware of possible danger. 

Drink fluids to avoid dehydration, which can make you more susceptible to the ill effects of cold and to heart attacks. 

Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Shoveling snow or pushing a vehicle can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.

Warming Centers

Help is at hand if you need it... 
If you are in need of warm shelter, please contact our Health & Human Services department weekdays, 8 AM to 5 PM at 847.368.5760; and the Police department weekdays after 5 PM and on weekends at 847.368.5300.  In emergencies, please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.  

Words of Winter

Winter Storm Warning 
Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.

Blizzard Warning
Sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 miles per hour or greater, plus considerable falling or blowing snow reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile, expected to prevail for three hours or longer.

Winter Storm Outlook
Winter storm conditions possible in the next two to five days. Stay tuned to local media for updates. 

Winter Storm Watch
Winter storm conditions possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. Review your winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions. 

Winter Weather Advisory
Winter weather conditions expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous but not life-threatening if you are cautious.