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More Snow Means More Work for Snow Plow Drivers



    Plows Prepare for Second Round of Chicago Snow

    Chicago snow plows were back in full force as another round of snow moved into the Chicago area Tuesday. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015)

    Snow plow drivers won’t be getting a break anytime soon in the Chicago area.

    Following several hours of non-stop plowing in Chicago’s Super Bowl snowstorm, the area was still working to clear roadways from the more than 19 inches that fell Sunday when another round of snow hitTuesday.

    The Illinois Department of Transportation sent its entire fleet out Tuesday to assist with the rush hour snowfall, which began falling during the afternoon hours.

    “This storm is nothing, but it’s during rush hour,” said IDOT spokesperson Carson Quinn.

    Snow This Afternoon

    [CHI] Snow This Afternoon
    Byron Miranda says the system is fast-moving but will drop some snow on Chicago.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015)

    The area is expected to see anywhere from another 1 to 3 inches of snow by Tuesday evening with flurries lingering into Wednesday morning.

    More snow could hit southern suburbs Wednesday afternoon, lasting into the evening.

    The latest round of snow follows a brutal weekend blast that had snow plow drivers working overtime.

    Calvin White, a 15-year veteran truck driver, was one of 400 city workers dispatched to help dig Chicago out from the snow. Drivers worked 12- to 16-hour shifts since Saturday, officials said.

    White says a big challenge was the overwhelming number of drivers trying to rescue their buried cars.

    “Cars stuck in the street and if I go down, I can’t do nothing but sit and wait until that car is out,” he said.

    City crews say they have plenty of salt on hand after using 75,000 tons solely on the weekend storm cleanup.

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