Afternoon activities dropped at schools, libraries
Frosty welcomes the snow with open arms outside a home on the 400 block of North Ashland Avenue in LaGrange Park today. | Jane Michaels—Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 8, 2013 6:40PM
Il Poggiolo Ristorante in Hinsdale has joined the list of schools and libraries closing because of the weather, announcing it will not be open for dinner tonight.
Hinsdale South and Central high schools cancelled all afterschool activities as well in the face of a winter storm.
Lyons Township High School earlier announced it was cancelling afterschool activities, including all adult education and driver education classes. The district’s libraries and Discovery Centers will be closed as well. There will be no 4:30 p.m. activity bus; students are encouraged to go directly home when school dismisses at 3 p.m.
Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 and Butler Elementary District 53 also cancelled all afterschool activities.
Due to weather conditions today, the LaGrange Park and Hinsdale libraries closed at 1 p.m, and the La Grange Library closed at 3 p.m. Indian Prairie Library in Darien will close at 5 p.m.
Pleasant Dale Park District has canceled all evening classes and girls basketball practices tonight. The Recreation Center will close at 5 p.m.
However, the Hinsdale Park and Recreation Department announced the karate scheduled at Clarendon Hills Tuesday evening is still on.
“We will be keeping roads open throughout the weather event as well as possible,” Hinsdale Director of Public Services George Franco said.”Alleys will be plowed as time allows. The downtown sidewalks will be shoveled as the weather event slows or certainly by morning.”
The mix of rain, sleet and snow began pelting the outer edges of the Chicago region just before 6 a.m.
The snowstorm could drop up to 8 inches of snow on the area while making the Tuesday afternoon commute a nightmare, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service advised people who must drive to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle in case of an emergency.
“With the brunt of the storm expected to move across the Illinos Tollway system, we ask our customers to be patient, drive safely and give our snowplows the room they need to clear the roads,” Illinois Tollway Executive Director Krist Lafleur said in a statement.
Illinois State Police are urging drivers to leave early, slow down and leave plenty of following room, officials said in a travel advisory issued Monday night.
Check here for updates as the day progresses.