Rapid snowfall this morning slowed down commuters in Glenview and Northbrook, as well as other nearby suburbs, as local public works crews tried to keep up.
"It was a very slow rush hour," said Jerry Burke, director of Glenview's public works department. "I don't think people expected it."
He said snow-plowing trucks cleared the main roads in Glenview, which received close to six inches of snow during the storm, a couple of times during the night and before the morning rush hour.
"The snow was falling too fast," he said.
This season's numerous snowstorms have also raised concerns of salt shortage among public works officials in surrounding communities, including Glenview.
Burke said Glenview currently has about 1,000 tons of salt stored away but he is worried that the material may get close to depletion if the area keeps seeing constant heavy snowfall for the next several weeks.
Because of the increased demand, the placed orders for salt are taking between 15 to 20 days to get delivered, which is more than twice the usual wait, Burke said.
"If we continue to have about two snow events per week …that could cause an issue with our supply," Burke said.
He added that on average the village uses between 50 tons and 300 tons of salt during a snowstorm, depending on its intensity.
Burke said village officials have been cautious about using the salt, though. For example, crews now wait until the end of the snowstorm to put a layer of salt, he said.
Northbrook officials say they have also been trying to save salt but are doing well overall.
Matt Morrison, Northbrook's assistant public works director, said during the snowy morning there were at least two trucks plowing each of the village's routes.
"I think the timing of the snow wasn't necessarily ideal," Morrison said. "... By and large we're handling it. Snow is getting plowed."
Starting about a week ago, the village has been mixing sand with salt to prolong its use, he said.
"We do our best to conserve salt not only from budgetary but also from environmental standpoint," Morrison said, adding that officials try to get the streets cleaned with as little salt as possible.
But he said he doesn't see the village experiencing a shortage.
"We're not anticipating running out or anything this season," he said.