Rockford Scanner™: Coldest air of the season so far – bundle up if outside!





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A clear sky and fresh snow cover will be ideal for temperatures to drop rapidly this evening across much of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana, apart from near Lake Michigan and in the heart of the Chicago metro. Temperatures will likely drop below 0° by early-mid evening with wind chills 10° to 20° below.

Coldest air of the season so far – bundle up if outside!

 

 






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Rockford Scanner™: Snow Emergency Declared, Odd/Even Parking In Effect



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From the city of Rockford:

Please contact the Street Division at 779-348-7260 with questions.

SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CAR IS PARKED? – January 18, 2019

  • THE CITY OF ROCKFORD PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS DECLARED A CITYWIDE SNOW EMERGENCY BEGINNING TODAY, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019, EFFECTIVE 9:00 PM. THE ODD/EVEN PARKING WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DEEMS IT IS NO LONGER NECESSARY.   UPDATES TO THE SNOW EMERGENCY WILL BE PROVIDED AT APPROPRIATE TIMES THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF THE STORM.
  • STREET DIVISION EMPLOYEES WILL CONTINUE PLOWING ARTERIAL STREETS . CONTRACTORS BEGIN PLOWING RESIDENTIAL STREETS SOMETIME THIS EVENING.
  • THE CITY OF ROCKFORD OR ITS CONTRACTORS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR PLOWING ALLEY WAYS.
  • THE ODD/EVEN PARKING IS IN EFFECT SO THAT THE 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. IF UNABLE TO, PLEASE OBSERVE THE ODD/EVEN PARKING.
  • EFFECTIVE AS OF 9:00 PM TODAY, JANUARY 18 , 2019, CARS SHOULD BE PARKED ON THE EVEN NUMBERED SIDE OF THE STREET.
  • AS OF 8:00 AM TOMORROW, JANUARY 19, 2019, CARS ARE TO BE PARKED ON THE ODD NUMBERED SIDE OF THE STREET.
  • CARS PARKED IN VIOLATION OF THE ODD/EVEN PARKING WILL BE TICKETED.

WHAT DOES THE ODD/EVEN PARKING MEAN TO ME?

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 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.

The residential area between 20th St. west to Kishwaukee St., Harrison Avenue north to Rural St. has been problematic for the City Crews to plow during past storms, due to vehicles parked on both sides of the street.  We would encourage citizens in this area to move their vehicles either off the street or to the appropriate side of the street as specified by the odd/even parking.

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.
  • 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.

Residential Plowing Operation

January 19, 2019 –

The City of Rockford’s Contractors will begin plowing Residential Routes at 1:00 AM. The City of Rockford Public Works Department will continue plowing and salting Arterial Routes and the Snow Emergency and Odd/Even parking remain in effect.  Decisions about further deployment will be made, as needed, according to developing conditions.

When we’re not in an operation, you can make a plow or salt request by calling 779-348-7260 for 24 hour assistance.

Citizens are urged to follow at a safe distance behind snowplows. This will prevent the salt that is being spread from hitting your vehicle and the added distance also allows a driver room to back up if needed.

Please contact the Street Division at 779-348-7260 with questions.

 


When we are not in a snow operation, we handle individual requests as needed.
Please contact us at 779-348-7260.

Decisions about further deployment will be made as needed, according to developing conditions.

The City of Rockford or its contractors are NOT responsible for plowing alley ways.


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

 


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Rockford Scanner™: WINTER STORM WARNING Is Now In Effect



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7pm Hour Update:

Steady snow with likely rates of 1/2″ to 1″ per hour will overspread areas north of I-80 between about 8pm and 10pm, then gradually overspread the rest of the area through early Saturday morning.

Once the steady snow arrives, expect road conditions to deteriorate fairly quickly with temperatures below freezing.


A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana beginning this afternoon and continuing into Saturday afternoon. Snow will move in to northern Illinois in the mid to late afternoon and then overspread the remainder of the area through the evening. Periods of moderate to occasionally heavy snow is possible overnight into Saturday morning. Wind will gust as high as 35 mph tonight and into Saturday. This will result in blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and rural areas. The snow will diminish from the west Saturday afternoon. The snow totals listed are only for the event through Saturday afternoon, and do not include lake effect snow, which will start up Saturday evening and continue through Sunday.


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Rockford Scanner™: NWS Updates The Forecast For This Weekend, Chance For Snow And Very Cold Temps



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Snow is expected to develop over northern IL by late Friday afternoon, or early evening and then overspread much of the area late Friday night. The snow should then gradually tapper off from northwest to southeast Saturday afternoon and evening. While questions remain as to how much snow may fall, there are signs that an area over far northern IL (generally north of I-80), may experience a band of moderate to heavy snow Friday night into Saturday morning. If this occurs, these areas could end up with 6″+ inches of snow by Saturday afternoon. Farther south, over central IL and IN, an additional area of moderate snow is expected during the day Saturday. These two bands of heavier snow may result in the highest snow amounts occurring over far northern IL and central IL, with slightly lighter amounts elsewhere. This is a complex storm system, so amounts may change with later forecast updates. Following this period of snow it appears that lake effect snow will develop over northeastern IL Saturday night, then gradually shift east into northwestern IN on Sunday. Several additional inches of snow accumulation will be possible with the lake effect snow. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts.


Here’s a look at the weather highlights and hazards for the upcoming weekend into early next week. Accumulating snow is expected across the region beginning late Friday afternoon and continuing into Saturday, with widespread snow amounts of two to five inches. The forecast track could change, so stay tuned for updates and be prepared for winter weather. For late Saturday into Sunday, lake effect snow will be possible with additional accumulations possible near the lake. After the snow, the area will deal with some bitterly cold temperatures, as minimum wind chills could get as low as fifteen degrees below zero.

SHORT TERM…
328 AM CST

Through Friday…

Things starting to look more active on the water vapor early this
morning with a series of shortwaves from the Dakotas to the central
and southern Plains in the generally zonal/weakly amplified upper
flow. These will all translate through the region today. The
southern stream wave is the most organized in terms of having a
surface reflection. This will largely pass through the Ohio valley
this morning, but an inverted trough axis will allow some of the
moisture and forcing to sneak into our area along and mainly south
of Interstate 80. Complicated near term forecasts given the
multitude of waves, mixture of forcing, saturation, and depth to
the low level moisture.

Our primary concern initially is the fairly deep dry layer
between the mid/upper moisture and our continued low level
moisture, which has limited precipitation to FZDZ/DZ. FZRA/FZDZ
has been observed from Lincoln to Bloomington, IL, along with
around the Quad Cities area. Meanwhile, observations from CMI-SFY-
FEP in northwest IL have been reporting snow where the profile is
a tad cooler and where ceilings are a bit higher. While forecast
soundings do suggest that the continued lift will allow for some
additional low-mid level column saturation in our southern
counties, there does appear there is still a window of freezing
precip before we see a shift over to snow. The changeover may be
occurring now with BMI-CMI now reporting -SN/UP as of 330 am CST.
Ceilings are forecast to decrease, so if the column does not
moisten up, we could have FZDZ last a bit longer farther north as
well. And while the column is colder farther north, the forcing is
weaker. Therefore if it precipitates farther north, it is
certainly possible that this could be FZDZ too across the Chicago
area and towards the Wisconsin border, but it appears more likely
that most of the Chicago area would remain either dry or would be
-SN as ceilings will still take some time to drop.

With the transition to snow along and south of I-80, these areas
look to pick up some light accumulations to around an inch or two,
mainly south of US Highway 24, with lighter amounts as you head
toward I-80. By the afternoon the surface trough will shift east
and shortly thereafter the series of upper waves which will bring
an end to precip chances. This should largely end the
precipitation, though there is one last wave in the northwest flow
that will drive a weak cold front across northern portions of the
area tonight into Friday. Light snow will likely remain confined
across Wisconsin.

Our brief quiet period later Thursday into early Friday will be
interrupted later Friday. The front that shifted into northern
Illinois will become the focus our next winter weather system later
in the day/evening. In spite of some clearing of the lower clouds
Friday morning, mid/upper clouds will quickly thicken as the
baroclinic zone sharpens across the southern WI/northern Illinois.
We could start to see some fgen driven snow to begin as early as
Friday afternoon, with northern IL/southern WI the likely focus
area, but these mesoscale band locations are difficult to resolve
quite this early. The better forcing will wait until Friday
evening.

KMD

&&

.LONG TERM…
333 AM CST

Friday night through Wednesday…

The primary concerns during the extended forecast continue to
focus on:
-Snow amounts Friday night and Saturday.
-The threat for a period of moderate to heavy lake effect snow
with additional accumulations over portions of far northeastern
IL and northwest IN Saturday night into Sunday.
-The period of very cold weather expected Sunday and Monday.
-More periods of active weather next week, which could result in
more accumulating snow.

Not much has changed from previous thinking with the storm system
expected to shift eastward across the Ozarks and into the TN
valley on Saturday. While the main track of this storm system will
remain well south of the area, there are good chances for
accumulating snow over our area Friday night into at least
Saturday morning. Model guidance continues to suggest that a
strong band of 850-700 mb frontogenesis will develop somewhere
over northern IL/southern WI beginning late Friday, but really
ramping up Friday evening and night. While the actual placement of
this band of frontogenesis, and the associated heaviest snow
potential, may shift some in the guidance over the next 24 to 36
hours as forecast guidance continues to hone in how this
mesoscale setup will evolve over the area, signs continue to point
at northern IL (mainly north of I-80) Friday night. The before
focus for snow then appears to shift over the southern half of my
CWA into Saturday in association with the main storm system
moving into the TN Valley. Overall, this setup could result in two
maximum areas of snow over the area; one potentially over far
northern IL, with a second over my southern CWA.

There is some increasing concern for heavy snow associated with
the band of snow Friday night over northern IL. Given the good
feed of moisture into the area, with 700 mb mixing ratios
expected to be around 2.8 g/kg,this should result in some effect
snowfall. This should especially be the case given that the
frontogenetic forcing for ascent looks to produce good ascent
right through the favored dendritic growth zone. With all this in
mind, along with the fact that we should have fairly high snow
ratios of 14-16 to 1, we could easily see some areas of northern
IL end up with 6+ inches of snow through Saturday morning.
Thereafter, the main synoptic snow should begin to focus over my
southern CWA by Saturday afternoon, where amounts here in the 4″
to 6″ range appear probable through Saturday evening. Increasing
northeast winds during the day Saturday, may also result in some
blowing and drifting snow issues, especially in open areas.

The next concern will be the lake effect snow following the main
system snow. While some lake enhancement could keep light snow
going over portions of northeastern IL Saturday afternoon, it
appears that the better thermodyamics set up for heavy lake
effect snow may hold off until sometime late Saturday evening or
night. Strong lake induced instability is likely to setup over
southern Lake Michigan Saturday night through Sunday as 850 mb
temps drop to around -18C, essentially setting up ~20C
temperature differences between the lake temperature. Inversion
heights should reach around 6000-6500 feet, which should cut right
through the dendritic growth zone, so this should be sufficient
to support heavy lake effect snow. While the specifics will take
time to iron out, the synoptic pressure pattern of low pressure
moving up the east coast and a strong surface high building over
the Upper Midwest looks favorable for the potential development of
a single band of heavy lake effect snow. This band looks to start
over northeastern IL Saturday night into Sunday morning, before
gradually shifting over northwestern IN during the day Sunday. The
main question that remains is residence time of the band over any
given area, which will have large implications on the amount of
snow that falls.

A winter storm watch may be needed for parts of northern IL, north
of I-80 from Friday night into Saturday, with the watch possibly
being needed for far northeastern IL through Sunday morning, due
to the continued lake effect threat. We have opted to hold off on
any headline at this time though, to let the day shift get another
look at this snow event.

Otherwise, expect cold conditions over the area for Sunday and
Monday. Highs both days in the teens look likely, with overnight
lows below zero in some areas of IL. We could also have some -10
or colder wind chills Sunday night.

The weather pattern looks to remain active into next week. This
looks to result in more storm systems to keep an eye on for the
potential for more accumulating snow across the area.


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Rockford Scanner™: Possible Icy Conditions During The Morning Commute



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Freezing drizzle continues to be reported early this morning. Many road surfaces are treated, and therefore impacts have mainly been limited to elevated surfaces. Freezing drizzle remains possible this morning and again later this evening. Allow extra travel time and be extra cautious, and this includes when walking on sidewalks and parking lots.


Expect some light snow or freezing rain Thursday morning. Freezing rain will likely be confined to areas along and south of US Highway 24. Light snow is favored south of Interstate 80, but may spread north through the Chicago metro area as well. Stay tuned for any forecast changes.


A storm system will move through the plains and to the northeast this weekend. A round of accumulating snow with gusty winds is expected across the region Friday night into Saturday, possibly significant amounts. Stay tuned as this storm gets closer, for any changes in the forecast track, but be prepared for winter weather again this weekend. Lake effect snow will be possible later Saturday into Sunday once this storm moves to the east coast.


As of near 9 p.m., there have been a few drizzle reports near Rockford, and a handful of glazing reports in upstream Iowa and Wisconsin. In northern Illinois and northwest Indiana, this potential for freezing drizzle will increase into early overnight. Patches to areas of glaze are expected with at least some impacts to the morning commute. Allow extra travel time and be extra cautious, and this includes when walking on sidewalks and parking lots. The chance for freezing drizzle lowers some Tuesday afternoon but looks to increase again after sunset.


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Rockford Scanner™: Strong Winds And Colder Temps In Store For Us



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West winds will increase to 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph this afternoon and continue into this evening.

The strongest winds look to be late this afternoon into this evening.

Strong west to northwest winds will develop today and usher in a much colder, more seasonable air mass today. Seasonably cold conditions return for the rest of the work week. Light snow is likely by the start of the weekend.


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Rockford Scanner™: Patchy light freezing rain developing into far northern IL early this AM



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Patchy light freezing rain developing into far northern IL early this AM.

Be alert for slippery spots through sunrise.


Widespread precipitation will move northward across the area this morning. This precipitation is expected to start as a brief period of freezing rain for areas north of I-88 and west of I-294, which will continue until temperatures rise above freezing prior to mid-morning. Be prepared for icy roads and walkways during this time.


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Rockford Scanner™: Weather: Wintry Mix Into Christmas Morning



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Clouds will be on the increase, and there will be a chance for some light snow late tonight. Little if any accumulation is expected.

For areas south of Interstate 80, a wintry mix will be possible as there is a chance for some freezing rain.

Christmas morning will start out with a wintry mix possible across the area, but will change over to rain with the warming temperatures. By afternoon, skies will be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s.

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Very Dense Fog Tonight, Few Accidents Being Reported



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NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.

Sources reporting a few bad accidents in the area tonight.

  • McCurry rd and 251
  • Meridian and 75

Dense fog continues to affect much of the area this evening, and will likely continue to develop and persist into Saturday morning. In addition to low visibility, temperatures were at or below the freezing mark in areas west and north of Chicago, and this may result in slick spots on some area roadways overnight. Visibility was a little better south and southeast of Chicago, but will likely deteriorate later tonight. Use caution if traveling across the region overnight and early Saturday.

DENSE FOG ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST SATURDAY…

* VISIBILITY…A quarter mile or less.

* IMPACTS…Reduced visibilities will result in hazardous driving
conditions through early Saturday. Slick spots are likely on
some road surfaces overnight as temperatures fall below freezing
in many spots.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving…slow down…
use your headlights…and leave plenty of distance ahead of you


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Rockford Scanner™: A light wintry mix of freezing rain and snow is expected this AM



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NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.

 

A light wintry mix of freezing rain and snow is expected to spread eastward across the area late tonight through Wednesday morning.

Icy conditions on area roadways will be possible during this time and may lead to increased travel times for the Wednesday morning commute.

Allow for extra time to reach your destination and use extra caution when driving.


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