National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook which includes Highland Park for excessively cold temperatures expected to drop into the single digits with wind chills of 5 to 15 below zero for tonight, with frigid temperatures continuing through at least Friday, December 16. Accumulating snow is expected for Friday, December 16 with a wintry mix possible for Saturday December 17. Please refer to the National Weather Service for current winter weather updates.
For residents who are in need of relief from the extreme temperatures four warming centers are available.
The Highland Park Police Station at 1677 Old Deerfield Road is open 24 hours. Those in need of warmth during the daytime can go to the West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road from 8:30 AM to 5 PM from Monday through Friday; the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue from 9 AM to 9 PM and Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. John's Avenue from 8:00 AM. to 5 PM.
If customers experience a power outage, they should contact ComEd immediately at 1.800.EDISON.1 or text OUT to 26633. ComEd also has a mobile app, outage alerts via text, Facebook and a website map. These tools can be found on the City’s web site www.cityhpil.com/comed.
It is strongly recommended that pet owners do not leave pets outdoors during cold weather conditions for extended amounts of time. It is best to keep your pet with you at all times.
The Police Department can conduct well-being checks, especially for the elderly. To request a well-being check, contact the Police Department Non-Emergency Number at 847.432.7730.
The City reminds all Highland Park residents that the Snow Ordinance is in effect each year from December 1 though March 31. Vehicles cannot park in excess of 15 minutes on any public streets between the hours of 2 AM and 6 AM.
Authorized overnight City parking lots are identified on the City website at cityhpil.com/parking and require a valid overnight parking permit that can be obtained at City Hall, Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 5 PM.
The City prohibits removing snow or ice from any building, private property, driveway, driveway approach or public sidewalk and depositing it onto public streets. Depositing snow on public streets creates a traffic hazard for streets already plowed. If a resident observes that snow is piled onto a handicap parking space in a public or private parking lot prohibiting use of the parking space, please contact the Police dispatch hotline at 847.432.7730.
In sub-zero temperatures, buildings are more susceptible to frozen pipes. If a resident experiences frozen pipes, a plumber should be contacted immediately. To prevent pipes from freezing, residents can run cold water from the highest point in the home until sub-zero temperatures have subsided. It is recommended that water be run continuously and in a pencil-size stream. Should the City water need to be turned off to fix any frozen pipes, residents should call the Police dispatch hotline at 847.432.7730.
As always, during regular working hours, you may contact the Public Works Department with any questions or concerns at 847.432.0807. During off hours or to report non-emergency events, please call the Police dispatch hotline at 847.432.7730. In emergency events, dial 911.