Monday, March 18, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 11 a.m.
Is Mother Nature playing a trick on us? Today is March 18, and we have yet another Winter Weather Advisory in effect. The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued the warning until 11 a.m. Snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected with up to an inch of accumulation possible. Heavy sleet could fall through mid-morning creating slick road conditions for drivers heading to work. According to Accuweather.com, the high temperature in Des Plaines today is 38 degrees with a “real feel” of 28. The low is 17 degrees with a “real feel” of -4. Temperatures won’t be any better the rest of the week, with temperatures just breaking 40 degrees by Saturday. This time last year, the temperatures reached 80 degrees. When spring finally arrives, …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Were you satisfied with the city's services? Or do you think there's room for improvement?
This week's snow storm has been dubbed as the "biggest blizzard since 2011." Some 1,200 flights were canceled at O'Hare and Midway airports and Tuesday's rush hour was anything but delightful. O'Hare airport saw about 9 inches of snow on Tuesday. Des Plaines saw about 6 to 7 inches of that evil white stuff known as "snow." What were your impressions of the city's snow removal services? Post a comment below or share a story (maybe your neighbor didn't move his car!). To vote or comment you must be signed in.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Snow blowers are extremely helpful after a big storm, but they can also be very noisy. How late is too late and how early is too early to use the machines?
Get ready for more snow! Another winter storm is expected to dump 6-9 inches of snow on the Des Plaines area from 3 a.m. to midnight Tuesday. With snowfalls averaging 1.5 inches per hour, residents will likely have their snow blowers revved up and ready to go. Patch wants to know: How late is too late to snow blow your property and how early is too early? We posed the “snow blower etiquette” question to our Facebook fans during last week’s snow storm and here’s what residents had to say. (Comments have been slightly edited for grammar and clarity): "If the neighbors lights are off its too late. 7 a.m. on a weekday. A little later on the weekend." "6 a.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. on weekends. Until 9 p.m. on weekdays, until it's done on …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Looking for games to entertain the kids this weekend? Here are some fun ideas for the snowy weather in Des Plaines.
Are your kids tired of playing indoors? Here are five fun ideas to kick away the winter blues. Snow Bowling Shovel the snow to create your bowling alley, spray water to create a smooth and slippery surface, make snow pins and balls. For instructions, visit: www.EscapadeDirect.com. You could even make colorful ice balloons to serve as the bowling ball. For instructions, visit: www.eHow.com. Footprint Tag The same rules as regular tag except you can only step in others’ footprints. For instructions, visit: www.Kidactivities.net Ice Block Sculptures Freeze colored water in ice-cube trays, then let the children create sculptures with the colored blocks. For instructions, visit: Spoonful.com Snow Treasure Hunt Fill a cooler with different …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Use your imagination and these tips to make the perfect snowman.
There’s finally enough snow to build the perfect snowman, but where do you start? Just like in real estate, location is key. You don’t want to build your snowman in the sun, so find a spot with a bit of shelter and make sure there’s lots of snow beneath him or her, according to yahoo.com. Do you roll or pack the snow? It’s a matter of preference really, according to Yahoo.com. The site says you can roll the snow into a two-foot ball but it can be damp and cold. A key to this technique is to flatten the top of each ball before placing the next one on it, according to Pluggedin, on games.yahoo.com. If you just want to put the snow in a pile then shape it, use a good shovel, the site advises. Be creative with your snowman’s features, …
Monday, December 6, 2010
As many as 4,000 residents were expected during Park District's annual Lake Wonderland Winter Festival.
This weekend's Lake Wonderland Winter Festival had an idyllic backdrop for festivities--snow frosted trees and horse drawn sleighs for residents and families to take a ride around the lake. "It's exactly what we needed," said Gene Haring, marketing director for the Des Plaines Park District. The weather was perfect for the weekend's sixth annual festival. Families and residents enjoyed refreshments, entertainment from a local high school choir and an assortment of free activities like face painting and holiday crafts. The Park District expected to see 4,000 residents at Lake Park throughout the weekend's festivities. At Lake Park on Saturday, outside the heated tents, children were in awe of an ice sculpture created by John Onofrio. He …
Friday, November 12, 2010
Give yourself peace of mind and tons of savings by taking extra time now to prep your home for winter weather.
Fall is a great time to begin preparations for getting your home ready for the brutal Illinois winter. The fast dip in temperature, harsh winds, and snow all mean that your home will require safeguarding to stay in the best condition. Much of these winterizing projects can be done yourself; however, experts agree that consulting a plumber or certified indoor inspector will ensure that your home is well prepared. Here are 10 tips provided by home inspectors that service the Des Plaines area, including Eric Baker of Moraine Woods Consulting Inc., and Jeff Nathan of Building Inspectors Consortium Inc., to help you prepare your home (inside and out) for winter: 1: Clean gutters and window wells of leaves 2: Prime and paint any deteriorated…
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Des Plaines salons offer tips for winterizing your body and combating against dry skin and brittle hair.
The summer has ended, fall is in season and winter is just around the corner. In the Midwest, this can mean wearing scarves and sweaters one day, and flip flops and tank tops the next. While this may mean extended trips to the beach and more time to enjoy being outdoors, it can wreak havoc on your hair and skin. Fortunately, the Des Plaines area offers a number of options for helping the whole family keep their manes healthy and skin in great condition. We spoke to stylists and aestheticians at local salons and compiled a round up of the most common seasonal skin and hair problems and solutions. Tip #1: Winter Shaving With facial hair growing thicker during the colder months, for men, shaving in the winter can be both an annoyance and …