Tree Limbs Down | More Snow Ahead | Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Snow Snaps Tree Limbs:

This morning’s wintry mix was our first snowfall of the season. The snow is taking its toll on area trees, with the City of Naperville reporting nearly 200 calls about tree limbs down as of 9 a.m. If a downed tree limb is on city property, please call the city to let them know. The city is doing their best to handle all the calls, but due to the high number, it will take a few days to address all the issues. Fallen tree limbs on private property are the responsibility of the owner. The snow also resulted in downed power lines in some areas, causing outages.

Salting Efforts:

And as the snow began to fall early this morning, the city sent six pickup trucks out to start dispersing salt. Plow trucks are not yet ready, and the temperatures are too warm to need them. Residents are encouraged to salt any slick spots on their sidewalks, especially for trick-or-treaters tomorrow.

Leaf Pickup Suspended:

Curbside leaf pickup was suspended today because of the weather. The city will continue to monitor conditions – you can check for any updates on leaf collection on their website.

More Snow Coming:

The snow has now turned to rain, which is expected to continue off and on for the rest of the day, before changing to snow again early tomorrow morning, lasting through the afternoon. Though the snow is predicted to stop tomorrow just before prime trick-or-treating hours, police remind residents to use extra caution as road conditions could be slick both today and tomorrow. Allow extra distance between vehicles, reduce your speed, and use care if you are walking on sidewalks. And those out collecting candy should make sure to bundle up.

Trick-or-Treating Tips:

And as you prepare to head out for trick-or-treating tomorrow, police also have some safety tips to keep in mind. Due to the weather, trick-or-treaters should be extra aware of any tree branches or power lines that could fall from the weight of the snow, and watch for slick spots on the sidewalk. Costumes should be flame-retardant, and easy to walk in. Make-up is safer than masks to allow kids to see where they’re going. And light colors, reflective tape, and glow sticks are always helpful to keep kids visible to motorists. Those handing out candy should keep porch lights on and make sure treats are wrapped and not homemade. And if you’re out driving, use extra caution, especially around driveways and street crossings, and as always, drive sober. Though there are no set trick-or-treating hours in Naperville, police recommend that younger kids head in when it starts getting dark, with older kids wrapping it up by 8 p.m. More tips can be found on the city’s website.