Rockford Scanner™: Numerous Accidents Being Reported All Over The Area




Sources are reporting a few accidents.

Local emergency personnel have responded to numerous accident this afternoon.

Here are a few that sources have sent us.

  • Big pileup on I-90 near Rock Cut State park.
  • 2 vehicle accident on Poplar grove road just before Marengo road going northbound
  • 251 and Hononegah road
  • Alpine and State
  • Perryville and State
  • School and Central
  • Riverside and Mulford
  • I-90 and 73
  • Roscoe and 251
  • Central and Riverside
  • Trask Bridge (Sounds like a few on this road)
  • RT2 near the county line
  • Gardner and 251
  • Auburn and Johnston
  • US 20 where it turns into the bypass

Ogle County Sheriff:
The Sheriff’s Office is responding to multiple accidents across the county. Please use caution

 





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Rockford Scanner™: 2 Rollover Accidents, Many Accidents Reported. Snow Emergency





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Just before 7 pm tonight several emergency personnel were responding to a rollover accident in the area of Swanson rd and Belvidere rd near Roscoe.

Around 6:30 pm several emergency personnel were dispatched for a rollover near Caledonia rd and Dawson Lake in Boone County. The occupants left the scene.  Unknown on injuries.

Jennifer W. said: Cars in ditches down on Irene Rd. in Boone County.

Several minor accidents are being reported.
Sounds like the road conditions are poor.

Several areas have declared a SNOW EMERGENCY.  Rockford, Janesville, etc…


Feb 17, 2019 – Snow Emergency Declared effective 7:00 PM tonight.

Arterial Salting Operation in progress
February 17, 2019 – ROCKFORD – At approximately 6:30 AM today, the City of Rockford Public Works Department began spreading salt on the arterial routes

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

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 City of Janesville has declared a snow emergency for Sunday, February 17th beginning at 6:00 P.M. A snow emergency means that all parked vehicles must be removed from city streets and public parking lots until snow plowing operations are complete. To ensure that you do not receive a parking ticket, please move your vehicle prior to 6:00 P.M. and keep your vehicle off city streets until they have been completely plowed.

Snow and ice accumulations of approximately 3 or more inches have been forecasted for Sunday, February 17th through Monday, February 18th that will require City staff to complete a full plow. Main and arterial streets will be maintained throughout the duration of the snowfall event. Snow accumulations are expected to taper off late on Monday evening, after which the full plow will begin and all City streets will be cleared. The full plow is not expected to be completed until very early on Tuesday morning, although every e ffort will be made to complete residential streets as soon as possible. Please plan on keeping parked vehicles off the street until plows have completely removed snow from curb to curb.

Snow Emergency Parking

The best place to park during a snow emergency is in your garage or driveway. If you are unable to park in a driveway or garage, please park in one of the designated snow emergency parking stalls. These stalls are located in the seven downtown municipal parking lots listed below (click lot name to display location on Google Maps):

– East Wall Street Lot at E Wall Street & N Parker Drive

– City Hall Lot at W Wall Street & N Jackson Street

– S High Street Lot at W Court Street & S High Street

– Senior Center Lot at St. Lawrence Avenue & Water Street

– Hedberg Public Library Lot on Water Street

– River/Union Street Lot at S River Street & Union Street

– N Parker Drive Parking Ramp at N Parker Drive and E Wall Street

When you arrive at the lot, look for the signs designating the snow emergency parking stalls. Fines for parking on the streets during a snow emergency are $50. The Police Department may begin issuing tickets to violators before plowing operations begin.






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Rockford Scanner™: More Snow In The Forecast Today





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I have that saying from Poltergeist in my head as I post this.
“IT’s Back” Yup, more snowfall is in our forecast and is currently falling if you take a look out your window.  Are you ready for more snow?


Snow returns to the area today with a few inches possible by Monday morning. Highest amounts are expected across far northern Illinois with lower amounts farther south and southeast. Snow will end for most of the area overnight, except for areas near Lake Michigan in far northeast Illinois which will see lake effect snow showers develop. Lake effect snow shifts into northwest Indiana around midday Monday.

Light to moderate snow will continue to slowly spread northeast across the region this morning. Visibility will be reduced to under a mile at times, and roads will become snow covered and slippery. Use extra caution if travelling this morning.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT
TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT CST SUNDAY NIGHT

* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches
expected, with a few locally higher amounts of 5 inches possible.

* WHERE…Portions of north central Illinois.

* WHEN…From midnight tonight to midnight CST Sunday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads
and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.






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Rockford Scanner™: Serious Head On Collision, Avoid the Area





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Sources are reporting a serious head on collision in Boone County.

It happened just before 8 pm tonight near 173 and Beaverton.

Two vehicles collided head on.  Serious injuries are being reported.

MD-1 (Mobile medical doctor) was dispatched to the scene.

At this time, the cause of the accident is under investigation. But they believe the slippery road conditions may have played a factor in the accident.

Other accidents:






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Rockford Scanner™: Shout Out To The LPPD Officers & Christopher Lobdell





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Rockford Scanner wants to send a shout out to these officers and the citizen.

From the LPPD:

A police officer never knows what their next call will be. It could be a call that puts them in harm’s way, or it could be something a little more heartwarming…

We would like to give a shout out to two of our officers and to an area resident, Christopher Lobdell. While conducting school zone patrols in front of Maple School, Officer’s Eric Jacobson and Jordan Hayes noticed that sidewalks were not shoveled from the previous snow storm and school children were walking in the street to get to the cross walk.

The officers gathered up some shovels and started to clear the sidewalk around the cross walk so the school kids would not have to walk in the street to get to the crosswalk. That’s when a resident, Christopher Lobdell, drove by and saw the officers shoveling the snow. Christopher drove home, got his snow blower and returned to the school zone. After the trio finished the job, the officers decided they were going to run down to Windsor School to clear the snow around the crosswalk there.

And after loading the snow blower back into his vehicle, Christopher followed the officers to Windsor School, where he helped clear the snow from the sidewalk and the entrance to the crosswalk, so the kids would have safer access to the crosswalk.

To this trio, we thank you for caring about your Community.

And by the way, when we learned about their morning activity, we had to coax the officers into posing for the photo.

lppd, loves park, police, officer loves park police
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Rockford Scanner™: Several Accidents, School Closings, Enjoy The Snow Day!





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Winter Storm Warning is still in effect until noon.

Several accidents have been reported.

The most recent accident is in the 3300 block of Business 20. Sounds like Business 20 and the bypass and also I-90 are slippery this morning according to sources.

So please use caution if you have to travel these highways, and also traveling in general.

Several area schools have closed, full list at CLICK HERE

Be safe everyone if you have to travel today.

Kids, Enjoy your snow day!

Send us your snow photos and snowfall totals to RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4
inches with isolated amounts up to 5 inches.

* WHERE...Winnebago, McHenry, Boone and Ogle Counties.

* WHEN...Until noon CST today.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet
and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

 






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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™: Automobile Accident Closes Down a Major Rockford Roadway



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Sources are reporting a bad accident on South Alpine near Beach just before 7:30 PM tonight. This is located just north of Alpine and Harrison

Injuries are being reported it is not yet known on the severity of the injuries at this time.

Police have shut down the area due to the accident, so please avoid this area for a while.

The cause of the accident is under investigation but officials believe that weather may have played a factor.

 


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Rockford Scanner™: More Winter Weather On The Way, Possible Commute Impacts


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Light snow is expected to develop mainly north of I-80 beginning this evening. Minor accumulations of less than an inch are expected through Thursday morning. With the slight accumulation, roads could be slick for the Thursday morning commute

Light snow will taper off Thursday morning across northern Illinois, and temperatures will reach into the 30s.

However, a wintry mix of precipitation will move into northern Illinois and northwest Indiana beginning Thursday evening. Freezing drizzle/rain will be possible across a good portion of the area, and could linger into Friday morning affecting the morning commute.

Drivers should be cautious driving on area roads. Temperatures will moderate heading into the weekend, but there is another potential for freezing rain Friday night into Saturday morning.

Precipitation will then change to all rain Saturday, and may be heavy at times.

 

 





Rockford Scanner™: Emergency Personnel Responding To A Big Snow Plow Rollover Accident


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Snow Plow Rollover Accident

UPDATE: They have shut down 20, unknown when they plan on re-opening the roadway. Avoid 20, or expect delays

Sources reporting a big (State or County, Unknown which) snow plow truck has rolled over.

It happened near State and Weldon

At the time of writing this, there were conflicting reports of injuries. So it is not yet known on injuries.

Still developing, avoid the area.