WBEZ | chicago snow http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-snow Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Snow plow tracking with WBEZ's Afternoon Shift http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2014-01-02/snow-plow-tracking-wbezs-afternoon-shift-109454 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Bc_MOkVCAAA9T9Z[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Share photos and stories of the snowstorm on social media with the hashtap <a href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23BEZsnow&amp;src=typd&amp;f=realtime">#BEZsnow</a>.</p><p>You can watch the real-time movement of snow plows with the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/iframe/plow_tracker.html" target="_blank">city&#39;s snow plow tracker map</a>&nbsp;and Open City&#39;s <a href="http://clearstreets.org/">Clear Streets</a>&nbsp;app&nbsp;will show you exactly where plows have been, and when. (You can even input an address and see the last time a plow was at that location.)</p><p>But we want you to fill out this form to report on how well the streets in <em>your </em>neighborhood are being cleared in the first snow storm of 2014:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="550" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sKexNysfzL1pscY0haX1WZrmN8O5VwxsH1c69OP73lU/viewform?embedded=true" width="620">Loading...</iframe>View plow reports here:<iframe frameborder="no" height="600" scrolling="no" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?q=select+col0+from+1Qct5_plTllI2gfDyFh_hv9oS-fU_8ZmGkRjmhGQ&amp;viz=MAP&amp;h=false&amp;lat=41.94869983378725&amp;lng=-87.73249853515624&amp;t=1&amp;z=10&amp;l=col0&amp;y=2&amp;tmplt=2&amp;hml=GEOCODABLE" width="620"></iframe></p><iframe src="//instagram.com/p/irZny4NSu8/embed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2014-01-02/snow-plow-tracking-wbezs-afternoon-shift-109454 Chicago gets first 1-inch snowfall of winter http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-gets-first-1-inch-snowfall-winter-105149 <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F76452851"></iframe><p>Chicago didn&#39;t get much snow Friday, but it was record-breaking nonetheless.</p><p>The 1.1 inches that settled on Windy City streets and sidewalks marked the latest first seasonal snowfall of at least an inch in the Midwest metropolis since at least 1884, when records were first kept, National Weather Service forecaster Matt Friedlein said. The previous record was set on Jan. 17, 1899.</p><p>Friday also broke Chicago&#39;s longest streak of consecutive days without an inch of snow. The city went 335 days, or about 11 months, without at least an inch, Friedlein said.</p><p>For some people, Friday&#39;s snow was significant for another reason: They finally got to work.</p><p>&quot;This is the first time we&#39;ve had a blade down this year,&quot; said Clara Mark, a dispatcher at Chicago Snow Removal Services, which plows parking lots at condominium complexes, strip malls and factories.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s been rough,&quot; she said. &quot;Last year was a bust, too. We only plowed three times.&quot;</p><p>But Mark said Friday&#39;s snowfall also was bittersweet for drivers &quot;crying for work.&quot; Some clients don&#39;t want their parking lots plowed until there&#39;s two inches of snow.</p><p>On a related note, if you want to get inspired to build your own snowmen, come on down to Navy Pier Snow Days, where sculptors are building with snow:</p><p><embed flashvars="host=picasaweb.google.com&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feat=flashalbum&amp;RGB=0x000000&amp;feed=https%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2F101134598280957379187%2Falbumid%2F5837159681998210705%3Falt%3Drss%26kind%3Dphoto%26hl%3Den_US" height="450" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" src="https://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620"></embed></p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-gets-first-1-inch-snowfall-winter-105149