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Snow expected to limit parking, travel

Tuesday's postponements/cancellationsReader Submitted Snow PhotosStaff Snow Photos: March 5

Update: 11:50 a.m.: Snow routes are in effect in DeKalb. New snowfall has exceeded two inches, and the city has declared a parking prohibition on designated snow routes in the City of DeKalb.

The city has asked that if you are parked on a snow route to move your car or you will be towed.

The city has also given notice to all private contractors performing snow removal for any type of property within the limits of the City of DeKalb that pushing snow from private areas onto city streets is not permitted under city code. The fine for doing so is $100.

Original story begins here: DeKalb street officials are strongly discouraging motorists from parking on the street today, while Sycamore officials are more likely to ticket cars parked illegally.

Street parking makes plowing more difficult for road crews and can leave vehicles buried in snow, DeKalb street operations chief Mark Espy said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for today. The area is expected to get 7 to 10 inches of snow, with the heaviest amount arriving from late morning through early evening.

With snow accumulation projected to be between 1 inch and 1.5 inches an hour, National Weather Service officials and NIU staff meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said travel would be extremely dangerous during the warning.

“The travel conditions will be very difficult from the late morning on,” Sebenste said.

The storm warning persuaded some organizations to announce cancellations or closures. The DeKalb Clinic, 1850 Gateway Drive, Sycamore, will be closed today, and the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb, has postponed its showing of “Singin’ in the Rain” to March 21.

If a snow emergency is declared, DeKalb officials could officially ban street parking, Espy said. That measure would apply to all streets, not just the designated snow routes where parking is prohibited when snowfall reaches two inches or more.

While Sycamore is not considering a similar ban, Public Works Director Fred Busse said the city is more prone to ticket and tow drivers who are parked illegally.

Sebenste did offer a glimmer of good news. After this evening, conditions will improve with cold but dry weather for the rest of the week and a little warmer weather next week, he said. But the season isn’t over.

“We have seen heavy snow in April, and I don’t want to jinx us,” Sebenste said. “But once we get past mid-March, it is harder to get heavy snow.”

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