UPDATE: Blizzard warning issued for parts of Rockford region

LAKE SUMMERSET (WREX) — While many areas of the Stateline are seeing heavy snow, none is yet to be found in a small Winnebago/Stephenson County community.

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Heavy snow expected to make travel difficult in Winnebago and surrounding counties

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) — The 23 Storm Team is busy tracking the first winter storm of the season for the Rockford region. Not only will this system bring heavy, sticking snow, it will also affect post-Thanksgiving travel.

Outside of school children hoping for a day off from school, private snowplow operators throughout the region were delighted with the snow. Jerry Lane-Barry, 35, a contractor with Rockford Plastering, sat in his pick up at the McDonalds/Circle K gas station at East State and Seventh Street while his partner, John Snyder, filled the vehicle.

A winter storm warning has been issued through 6 a.m. Monday by the National Weather Service for Winnebago, Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties in Illinois. Green, Rock and Walworth counties in Wisconsin are also under a winter storm warning. That one starts at 3 p.m. Sunday and goes through 6 a.m. Monday.

“Please take all necessary precautions, including altering travel plans to leave early or asking yourself if your trip can wait,”said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The IDOT snow-and-ice teams will be prepared, but the public should expect worsening driving conditions Sunday with travel becoming dangerous late in the day.”

A blizzard warning will take effect at 6 p.m. Sunday for Boone, McHenry, DeKalb, Ogle, Lee, Carroll, and Whiteside counties in Illinois. This will go through midnight Monday.

By 6 p.m., 7 inches of snow had fallen in Rockford, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ricky Castro. ”Theres a heavy snow band from Central Illinois to Winnebago County, and its just sitting there. You guys could get up to a foot before it moves to the east.

For the majority of northern Illinois, 7- to 9-inches of snow is likely to fall. The area affected ranges from just east of Freeport, through Rockford and Winnebago County. This same accumulation will extend to Chicagos northern suburbs. Around Rockford, some places could see closer to 11″ of snow, especially to the south and west.

During this time, no vehicles may park on any road, highway, roadway shoulder, ditch or any other property used, or which could be used, as a roadway within the village until such road or highway has been completely cleared of snow.

We are also monitoring a line closer to Freeport in Stephenson County, where spots northwest of Freeport could receive between 2- to 3-inches of snow, while others receive much more.

Motorists are urged to follow at a safe distance behind snowplows to prevent the spray of salt from hitting your vehicle. The added distance also allows a snowplow driver room to back up if needed.

SNOW ARRIVAL: As the afternoon progresses, precipitation will turn to snow, with the heaviest falling in the mid-afternoon or evening. Drivers on Sunday will face slick spots, snow-covered roads and low visibility levels. The system will move out overnight and should be gone for the Monday morning commute.

The Illinois Tollway announced its full fleet of 196 snowplows had been deployed and that its Snow Operations Center is open to manage the agency’s systemwide response. 

POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES: The heavy, wet snow could stick to power lines and trees, causing some power outages.

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