Rockford Scanner™: Accident-Magedon, First Winter Storm Of The Season

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As the first winter storm hits our area of the season, expect “Accident-Magedon”  to possibly happen.  We all know it always happens every season. And when it hits, it will be Sunday during the day and evening so many are out on the roads because of church and the weekend.

So we wanted to point out a few things.

  • They will probably enforce the accident plan. Which means if you are involved in a non-injury accident. Then you and the other party exchange information and then go to the police station to file an accident report.
  • Carry an emergency kit with you.
  • Charge your cell phone
  • Drive slow and allow extra traveling time
  • Dress warm

They said this will be the heavy wet snow.  Which is bad on several levels.  It will probably cause power outages in the area. So please be prepared for extended periods of possible power outages.

Also wet heavy snow means exactly that, Wet and heavy.  We recommend snow-blowing the snow. If you are not able to please be extremely careful shoveling.  Take breaks, stay hydrated, shovel in layers, dress warm, etc…

Hire a neighborhood kid to shovel your snow, if possible .

If you are stuck in the snow, do not panic. Stay calm. This is why we recommend you bringing a shovel along with you when you travel.  Or you can call a tow truck.

Also do not forget the odd/evening parking!  Do not park on the roads, if you have a driveway. If you need to park on the road, then remember the odd/even parking. The quicker a snowplow can travel down a roadway, the quicker they can plow your road.

Last few seasons the plows in Rockford missed many residential roads. I can’t tell you how many times we had people contacting us on it.  So expect the same thing again this season as well.  They plow the major roads first, then the residential areas last.  That is why it is important you do not park on the roads, so they can travel faster and are able to get more roads plowed.

Below is from the city of Rockford website

The End of Your Driveway

The City’s crews and contractors use side discharge plows. As the plows move forward, snow moves along the blade from the left to the right. The discharge from the blade is deposited along the curb or in the grass boulevard on the city right of way. This discharge, officially known as a “windrow”, ends up leaving a relatively small amount of snow in driveway approaches along the route. While we understand the aggravation this can cause, this natural result of plowing is unavoidable.

Your Mailbox

The goal of the Street Maintenance Department is to clear the streets for travel. No matter how hard we try, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions for your mail carrier. Final clearing adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident.

Here’s the postcard we got from the postmaster last season regarding clearance to mailboxes:

Snow postcard

Street Section Supervisor – (779) 348-7260

  • The City is responsible for ice and snow control on City streets.
  • Residents are responsible for their sidewalks and alleys.
  • Neither snow nor ice from sidewalks or private property shall be deposited in the street or piled so high as to obstruct motorists’ view.
  • Where ice cannot be removed, the business shall use sand, salt, or other suitable substance that will prevent the ice from being dangerous.
  • Odd/Even parking is in effect during most snow clearing operations. Changes at 8 am.

In order for our crews to remove snow and ice from city streets, we must have the ability to safely and effectively maneuver a plow up and down our streets. If a snow or ice storm reaches the point that streets are becoming difficult to clear, city officials can declare a Snow Emergency. A Snow Emergency requires that vehicles be parked on the odd side of the street when the date ends in an odd number and on the even side of the street when the date ends on an even number. For example, on January 5th you would park on the odd side of the street. Police and public works crews will issue parking tickets at the cost of $50.00 to vehicles that are parked on the wrong side of the street. It’s safe to assume that if it’s snowing the Odd/Even Parking is in effect.

Important Points To Remember

  • If your street is marked as “No Parking” on one side of the street, the Snow Emergency Declaration allows you to park legally in the restricted area during the time that the Snow Emergency Declaration is in effect.
  • The Odd/Even Parking is in effect so that plows can safely go down the streets. The next day when the parking changes, to the other side of the street, the plows may or may not return to clear the other side. If at all possible, please remove your vehicle from the street.
  • Do not assume that you can move your car when the street is plowed. Your car must remain parked appropriately until after the Snow Emergency has been lifted.
  • All vehicles must be moved to the correct side of the street at 8:00 a.m.

SNOW HOTLINE: 779-348-7260

Snow and Ice


We hope everyone stays safe and prepare for the possibility of this storm. And if you must travel, please be very careful and follow some of the tips above.

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Below is the most recent forecast at the time of writing this