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Snow Central: Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for Evergreen Park's Snow

From warming center locations and event cancellations to tips on heart-safe shoveling, the perfect snowball and pizza places that deliver, here's your HQ for the snow.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Warming Center

The can be used as a temporary warming center for residents.

Winter Parking

Whenever snowfall is over two inches (as it looks to be already), Evergreen Park requires residents get their cars off the main streets so the snowplows can do their jobs. Additionally, make sure you know the snow parking rules and familiarize yourself with the

Road Closures and Conditions

Patch has teamed with Mapquest to offer live, local traffic maps, updated every five minutes with crashes, closures and danger spots. Follow that link or click on "Traffic & Gas" at the top of this page.

Metra Updates

If you traveled to work on the train today, you can check out updates from Metra's Rock Island line on Twitter. Even if you don't use Twitter yourself, you can still see the updates by clicking that link.

Weather Conditions

Here's the National Weather Service conditions and forecast for Mokena.

Snow Removal

During our last big snowfall, the village offered Email me at renita.young@patch.com if there's a place we missed, or if any numbers should be updated.

Pizza (and other food) Delivery

The Patch Places directory lists all the restaurants in Evergreen Park that deliver. Call first. Let me know at renita.young@patch.com if there's a delivery place that we missed.

Elderly Relatives/Neighbors

The village and police department urge Evergreen Park residents to check in on relatives and neighbors, especially elderly ones and ones in poor health. If you have a concern, call the Evergreen Park Police non-emergency number at 708-422-2142.

Numbers to Call

  • Any emergency: 911
  • Police non-emergency: 708-422-2142

Updates from Patch

For updates on all breaking, snowy news you can sign up for e-mail alerts by clicking "Patch Newsletter" at the top of this page and entering your e-mail address when prompted.

You can also "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

SAFETY

Shoveling Tips

Read this Popular Mechanics article covering shoveling safety from posture to heart health to hydration.

Driving Tips

Read AAA's tactics for getting where you want to go as safely as possible.

Snow Removal Tips Other than Shoveling

Here's The Weather Channel's guide for other snow options like snowblowers and chemicals.

Home Heating Tips

The U.S. EPA has both general tips for heating your home and environmentally conscious tips for heating your home.

Not-Setting-Your-House-On-Fire Tips

Download this pdf of winter fire safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's United States Fire Administration. You'll be asked if you want to open the file. You do.

FUN

Make Tonight a Movie Night

If you don't have to travel in the snow tonight, don't! Tonight is the perfect night to pop popcorn and enjoy a classic flick or a new movie. Flip through your movie channels, on-demand selections or personal movie library. If you haven't made it home yet or have to go out for some reason, drop by the nearest Redbox at 2500 W. 95th St. Check the website before you go to see if your movie is in-stock.

Snowman Tips

The nerd in me is very proud that we get to go to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for snowman tips. I'm not kidding.

Also,

The Perfect Snowball

Weighing in on everything from gloves vs. mittens to where in your yard to find the best snow (snow near the house is warmer), this article from howtodothings.com can give you the edge in your snow wars.

Cocoa A Go-Go

Enjoy the top 20 hot cocoa recipes submitted and rated by Allrecipes.com readers.

We will be updating this article throughout the weekend, so let us know in the comments section below what additional info you might want and about any updates or corrections to the info we have.

Keep warm, Evergreen Parkers!

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