Snow Plows

One of seven new tow plows being used by the Indiana Department of Transportation to clear snow from two lanes of highway with one truck. (Credit: INDOT)

Indiana Deploying New Tow Plows To Clear Roads Faster

Lots of drivers in northwest Indiana might be doing double-takes this winter, when they pass the latest piece of snow-fighting equipment on the highway.

12/17/2014

A City of Chicago snow plow pushes the slush off the road. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Up To 3 Inches Of Snow Saturday; City Ready To Launch New Plow Tracker

With the first measurable snow of the season forecast for this weekend, City Hall has rolled out a new online tool to help Chicago residents keep track of the city’s fleet of snow plows.

11/14/2014

A city plow clears a residential street in the Bucktown neighborhood. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

City Official: Snow Removal Crews Ready If It’s Another Wicked Winter

With his boss up for re-election in February, the man in charge of snow removal for Chicago said Tuesday that city crews are ready for the coming winter, even if there’s a repeat of last year’s brutal conditions.

10/28/2014

A Chicago resident digs his car out from under fresh snowfall on Monday. The city got 5 inches officially, bringing the season's total to 67.9 inches so far this winter, the 5th highest total on record. (Credit: CBS)

Digging Out Again, Chicago Residents Await Thaw

After nearly five inches of snow on Monday, Chicago residents were digging out again on Tuesday, and were running out of places to put all the snow. All that snow could create another problem when it begins melting, possibly causing flooding in some areas.

02/18/2014

A City of Chicago snow plow pushes the slush off the road. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

More Snow Tuesday Will Strain Already Diminishing Road Salt Supplies

With even more snow headed to the Chicago area on Tuesday, the continuous cleanup efforts have been creating problems for some towns and cities that are running low on road salt.

02/04/2014

A Chicago snow plow patrols city streets early Wednesday, when a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 4 inches of flakes on Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Long Hours By Plow Drivers Could Pose Safety Risk

Should all truck drivers have to obey the same hourly limits? Including snow plow drivers? CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look in this Original Report.

01/29/2014

A city plow clears a residential street. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Confident City Will Have Enough Snow Removal Money This Winter

Although the city of Chicago has spent the vast majority of its budget for salting and plowing roads, because of an especially brutal winter, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said City Hall has the money to keep handling what Mother Nature throws our way.

01/28/2014

A digger pours salt into a waiting truck for use on roads in winter. (Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Aurora To Cut Back On Salting Roads For Rest Of Winter

Spokesman Dan Ferrelli said Aurora salt spreaders have been out 2 1/2 times more often this winter than the last two years combined at this point, so there’ll be changes to how Aurora trucks clear streets.

01/22/2014

Snow still hasn't been shoveled on this block in River North. (Credit: CBS)

City Official Urges Neighbors To Keep Snowy Sidewalks Passable

Yes, 3-1-1 system director Audrey Mathis concedes, sometimes city snowplows make the job tougher by dumping snow at corners.

01/09/2014

A snowplow at work in north suburban Libertyville. (CBS)

Plows Working Overtime In McHenry County

McHenry County DOT Maintenance Superintendent Mark DeVries says they’ve been in operations for this storms since 7 o’clock Friday morning and have been operating 24/7 since.

01/06/2014

A driver sweeps snow off a Volkswagen Beetle on Monday, after up to 3 inches of snow fell on Chicago on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Snow, Frigid Temps Persist All Week

If you’re headed to the airport today, make sure to check with your airline first, as more than 100 flights have been cancelled at O’Hare International Airport due to the weather.

12/09/2013

Snow covers the path in Christine Coleman's back yard in Plainfield, as well as the pond behind her property. (Photo courtesy Christine Coleman)

Winter Storm Blankets Chicago With Heavy Snow

Snow plows were out in force, hundreds of flights have been cancelled at the city’s airports, and many area schools were closed on Tuesday, amid a storm that could drop up to 10 inches of snow.

03/05/2013

This SUV that spun out and hit a median divider on the Eisenhower Expressway was just one of many accidents overnight as a winter storm dumped 2 to 4 inches of snow on the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

Storm Brings Moderate Snow, But Still Hampers Morning Commute

Snow continued to blanket the Chicago region Friday morning, making driving conditions more hazardous for commuters, officials said.

02/22/2013

(Credit: AP)

Snow Plows Hit The Streets As Snow Begins To Fall

The Chicago area could get as much as an inch of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service. The snow could reduce visibility to under a mile at times.

01/30/2013

An Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow sits idle in a state garage ahead of the winter season. (Credit: CBS)

IDOT Ready To Clear Highways When Snowstorm Hits

It’s going to get progressively worse on Chicago area roads this afternoon and evening as the winter’s first snowstorm moves through, but the Illinois Department of Transportation said it’s ready to keep highways as clear as possible.

WBBM Newsradio–12/20/2012

Northwest Suburbs Hit Hard By Snowstorm

CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports one northwest suburb was using some new techniques to help drivers stay safe on the roads.

CBS 2–12/20/2012

Plow Tracker

‘Plow Tracker’ Allows Residents To Watch Snow Plows In Real Time

If you’re wondering when the city is going to clear away the snow that’s piling up on your street, stare out the window no more.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

An Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow sits idle in a state garage ahead of the winter season. (Credit: CBS)

IDOT: Seasonal Snow Plow Drivers Not Going To Waste

There hasn’t been much snow on Illinois roads this winter, but the state has a whole lot of snow plows and has been paying hundreds of seasonal plow drivers thousands of dollars a month.

CBS 2–01/10/2012

ChicagoShovels.org

New Web Site Ensures Chicagoans Are Prepared During Winter

There’s no way to deny winter now – the air is frigid, and snow is on the ground. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicagoans to pitch in and prepare.

WBBM Newsradio–01/03/2012

Chicago Snow Plow

Streets And San All Ready For Snow, Whenever It Comes

City officials want Chicagoans to know they are ready for snow, even if the snow isn’t yet ready to fall.

CBS Chicago–12/22/2011

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