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ROCKFORD – January 23, 2022 – The City of Rockford Public Works Department began salting
Arterial Routes at 12:00 AM today.
Decisions about further deployment will be made, as needed, according to developing
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.



Due to anticipated weather conditions throughout the overnight hours, the Director of Public
Works has declared a “Snow Emergency” for the City of Rockford as specified below.
Enforcement teams will be deployed to ticket offenders.
Effective: Sunday January 23, 2022 12:00AM
Parking: Odd Addressed Side of Streets

Contractors are scheduled to begin plowing residential streets during the overnight hours when
snow accumulation reaches approximately 2 inches in depth.
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.


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. If the snow emergency carries into the
next day, at 8:00 AM your car should be moved to the even side of the street.

Police will issue parking tickets at the cost of $60.00 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.

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


* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5

* WHERE...Portions of north central and northeast Illinois.

* WHEN...From 9 PM this evening to 6 AM CST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions and sharply reduced
visibilities with the heaviest snow.


Slow down and use caution while traveling.

National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL
353 AM CST Sat Jan 22 2022

…Accumulating Snow Late Saturday Night into Sunday Morning…

A period of accumulating snow is expected to develop late this
evening and continue through daybreak Sunday. Most areas are
expected to see at least an inch of snow accumulation. However,
there will likely be a narrow swath of 2 to 4 inches, with locally
higher amounts. Current trends suggest this swath of higher
snowfall amounts is most likely to occur between the Interstate 90
and Interstate 80 corridors. Untreated surfaces will become snow
covered and slippery as this snow arrives.

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of North Central
Illinois…Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight.

Weather hazards expected…

Limited Snow Risk Tonight.


Accumulating snow is expected late tonight into Sunday morning.
There may be a swath of 2 to 4 inches of snow across parts of
northern Illinois.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Sunday through Friday.

Sunday and Monday…
Limited Excessive Cold Risk.
Limited Snow Risk.
Tuesday and Wednesday…
Elevated Excessive Cold Risk.
Limited Excessive Cold Risk.


Lake effect snow is expected across far northwest Indiana on Sunday.
Some snow accumulation is possible.

There will be another chance for a few inches of accumulating snow
late Sunday night into Monday morning, especially across northern


Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
315 AM CST Sat Jan 22 2022

Issued at 315 AM CST Sat Jan 22 2022

Through Sunday…

Primary forecast concerns are accumulating snow tonight into
Sunday morning and lake effect snow for northwest IN Sunday.

A narrow band of light snow/flurries continues to move east into
western IL early this morning ahead of a frontal boundary that
will move across the area later this morning. Observations show
visibilities dropping into the 3-5 mile range for short periods.
Most of the short term guidance shows a general weakening trend
through the mid morning though its possible some areas across
northwest IL may still see a dusting of snow this morning.
Flurries will also be possible through late morning. Will monitor
trends but for now, expect to carry only low chance pops for a
few hours this morning.

Southwest winds have increased over the past few hours and will
slowly increase through daybreak with gusts to 30 mph possible.
Winds will turn more westerly later this morning and gusts look to
settle into the mid 20 mph range then slowly diminish into the
late afternoon. Winds will likely become light and variable this
evening as narrow ridge axis moves across the area and will shift
northerly early Sunday morning, with some gusts into the 20-25 mph
range possible by mid morning Sunday as the gradient tightens
behind the departing low pressure.

A clipper system will move across the area tonight and recent
trends in the models show two items of concern, an increase in qpf
and an overall, though still small, shift north to the axis of
the highest snowfall amounts. With a fairly deep DGZ, the snow
ratios will likely be fairly dry, perhaps into the 18:1 range.
Thus any increase in qpf amounts will quickly add to snowfall
totals. A swath of 2-4 inches is looking increasingly likely for
part of the area and its possible there may be an narrow swath of
4-5 inches. However, the small shift north in the models lowers
confidence for where this band may actually set up, though current
trends would suggest in the I-88 to I-80 area. Snowfall rates may
approach an inch an hour in this narrow band, for a few hours as
the heaviest snow looks to last only 3-5 hours. If these trends
continue, its possible a winter weather advisory may be needed
but confidence is too low to issue one this morning. Do plan to
issue an SPS however, highlighting this snow potential for
tonight. With the expectation the snow will be dry, the stronger
winds noted above may cause some low drifting snow but the
strongest winds look to arrive after most of the snow has ended,
so confidence is low for blowing snow potential.

As the synoptic snow winds down around daybreak Sunday, lake
effect snow will take over across northwest IN, at least for a
short period of time, possibly lasting into early/mid Sunday
afternoon. Its possible an additional 1-3 inches of lake effect
snow may fall on top of the clipper snow. But confidence remains
low for just how much total snow will fall across Lake and Porter
Counties in northwest IN. Current totals are in the 4-5 inch range
and an advisory may be needed but its also possible totals may
reach 6 inches. Prefer to hold off with any headlines here as well
and allow one more forecast cycle to narrow down specifics. cms



Issued at 304 AM CST Sat Jan 22 2022

Sunday night through Friday…

Focus in the extended period remains on another clipper with the
potential for some accumulating light snow Sunday night into Monday
morning (including the Monday morning rush hour), then another push
of cold arctic air Monday night through mid-week. Lake effect snow
showers will likely accompany this arctic air, particularly for
Porter county where at least modest accumulations appear likely.

Guidance continues to depict another low-amplitude mid-level short
wave clipper zipping southeast from the northern Plains Sunday
evening, with a surface low track progged across southern Wisconsin
and lake Michigan into Monday. While greater amounts will likely
occur along/north of the track to our north in Wisconsin, strong
warm advection and associated isentropic upglide is noted on the 280-
290K theta surfaces across northern IL. Forecast soundings depict
resulting top-down saturation develops which should produce an area
of light snow across especially the northeast half of the forecast
area from Sunday night into Monday morning. Amounts look to be
perhaps 1-2 inches with greatest amounts near the IL/WI border.
Gusty southwest surface winds around 25 mph developing late Sunday
night may produce some minor drifting where this accumulating snow
falls. Mid-level saturation then decreases midday Monday, though
weaker forcing associated with the upper jet streak and the low-
level baroclinic zone may allow for some lingering light snow or
drizzle/freezing drizzle into early afternoon. This should be of
relatively little impact as surface temps rise to/above freezing
into the I-80/I-88 corridors. The trailing cold front then pushes
through the area Monday afternoon and evening with drier (and much
colder) air arriving Monday night.

Arctic air then continues to surge into the region Tuesday and
Wednesday, with daytime temps limited to the teens and nighttime
lows in the single digits above/below zero away from the core of the
Chicago metro. Sub-zero wind chills are likely in the coldest early
morning hours of Tuesday and Wednesday, with some -15 or colder
chills possible Wednesday morning especially across our western
counties. This colder air will also support a period of lake effect
snow showers into northwest Indiana from Monday night into
Wednesday, especially for Porter county given expected north-
northwest low level winds. Dry arctic air, shorter fetch due to
increased Lake Michigan ice coverage and inversion heights generally
below 6500 feet should tend to limit impacts somewhat, though
accumulations will be possible.

Surface high pressure drifts east of the area Wednesday night, while
models continue to depict another mid-level short wave dropping
southeast into the region Thursday into Friday. Southwest winds and
associated warm advection look to moderate temperatures back toward
our seasonal averages by late in the week. Light snow chances will
likely return with the approach of the upper trough, though it may
initially fight lingering dry low level air.

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