Winter Preparedness—Ask Your Library for Tips

Our library has a craft experience going on right now for everyone to enjoy. Come in and color a snowflake (like the one pictured here.) Your art will be turned into a beautiful display.

However, the snowflakes remind me that it’s time to get ready for an Illinois winter. You may think of the libraries when you’re looking for books and DVDs, or want to use the computer lab, but remember we also provide information. This time of year library staff get asked about winter driving, snow, and weather tips.

Are you prepared for winter weather?

Here are some websites and documents that we’ve found useful in answering your questions.Click on the titles to visit the links.

In the Know About Snow
Visit our City of Urbana’s snow removal informational pages, including snow plowing priorities and routes, plus maps, and business Sidewalk Clearance Requirements.

Closings and Delays
If the weather's bad, and you're going to work, a meeting, or school, always call to make sure the site is open before venturing out into the cold.
Here are some of the media sites that maintain local closings during bad weather.

Getting Around Illinois
The Illinois Department of Transportation offers this web-based interactive mapping site that provides the ability to search and display several sources of transportation data. You can find information on winter road conditions, annual average daily traffic, road construction, trucking routes, and planned road projects.

Winter Road Conditions in Illinois
This is a direct link to the Winter Road Conditions map, available on the larger Getting Around Illinois site above.

News-Gazette: C-U warming centers open as shelter efforts continue
On 12/8/16 The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette published an informative article on local warming centers—safe, public places where people can go who need to get out of the cold. Read the full by following the link in the title. The warming centers provided in the article are listed below:

Current Warming Center Locations

  • The Phoenix drop-in center
    34 E. Green St., Champaign
    open extended hours 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
    201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign
    a kid-friendly warming center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
  • Market Place Mall in Champaign, Lincoln Square in Urbana and public libraries in Champaign, Urbana and Tolono.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (public aid) office
    705 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign
  • Champaign-Urbana Canteen Run offering overnight shelter at the Salvation Army Church, 502 N. Prospect Ave., C, Thursday night, picking up at 9 p.m. at the Phoenix, then on the north side of the Urbana Free Library. (Availability may vary throughout the winter.)

AAA’s How to Go on Ice and Snow
Become a safer and more efficient driver in winter’s adverse weather conditions.

State of Illinois Winter Preparedness Guide
This document contains basic winter safety tips and links to State of Illinois information.

National Weather Service Winter Weather Preparedness
Includes wind chill factor charts, vehicle kit for winter travel, and more tips.

Red Cross Winter Storm Preparedness
Prepare for emergencies.

Preventing and Thawing frozen pipes
Take care of those pipes!

Have more questions?

Contact the Adult Services staff at 217-367-4405 or


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