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It’s The Warmest Day Of The Year So Far — So Here’s How To Prevent Everything From Flooding

Even more nice weather is expected: Wednesday will be partly sunny with a predicted high of 40 degrees.

A balcony is covered in sheets of dangerous ice in the New City neighborhood on Feb. 22, 2021.
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CHICAGO — After weeks of below-average cold and inches of snow, Chicago finally hit the 40s again Tuesday.

It’s officially the warmest day of 2021 so far, with temperatures hitting 43 degrees Downtown and 41 degrees at O’Hare Airport, the National Weather Service wrote on Twitter. Even warmer weather was expected in the suburbs.

People throughout the city posted on social media, cheering on the sunny skies and warm weather.

And even more nice weather is expected: Wednesday will be partly sunny with a predicted high of 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday will be sunny, though it will cool slightly with a high temperature of 35 degrees, according to the weather agency. Friday will be mostly sunny with an expected high temperature of 38 degrees, and Saturday will be 41 and mostly sunny.

Sunday has a slight chance for rain, snow and freezing rain. But the day will be partly sunny with a high near 42 degrees, according to the weather agency.

The warm weather does mean the more than 20 inches of snow that have fallen on Chicago this month is melting, though.

The National Weather Service said more than 2 inches of snow have melted at its Romeoville office in the past day.

And the city has warned warmer weather could create dangerous issues with flooding and falling ice.

Here’s how to prevent flooding and stay safe:

Preventing Flooding

It’s possible homes could be flooded, according to the city.

Here are the city’s tips for preventing flooding in homes:

  • Clear areas around downspouts to allow melting snow and ice to flow.
  • Clear drains and sewers of debris and snows so melting snow and ice can drain.
  • Do not dump fats, oils or greases in private drains or public catch basins.
  • Avoid running a dishwasher or washing machine during storms or when snow is melting quickly.
  • Disconnect downspouts connections from the sewer system. Direct flow to areas with permeable surfaces that can absorb the stormwater or use rain barrels to collect the water from the downspouts.
  • In the future, install rain gardens, green landscaping or stormwater trees to retain rainwater. Resurface driveways, parking pads and patios with permeable pavement.

Driving With Flooded Streets

Travelers who see flooded roads should turn around and not try to go through the water, according to a city news release. Just 6 inches of water can damage a car and cause it to stall, and the water can hide debris and dips that can cause damage to cars.

Snow And Ice On Buildings

Residents concerned about snow and ice on their buildings should contact licensed professionals to determine what — if anything — needs to be done, according to the city.

Snow and ice buildup on roofs has collapsed several buildings around the city.

Property owners and building managers should cordon areas underneath ice buildup and put up caution signs to warn passersby of the potential for falling ice, according to the city. Falling ice can be deadly.

And residents should clear snow from front and back porches and decks, as the added weight can compromise them, according to the city.

Removing Snow

Residents and businesses should continue to clear snow from sidewalks in front of homes and businesses and treat the sidewalks with salt, according to the city. People should not move snow into bike lanes, crosswalks or bus stops.

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