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Plowing to continue Tuesday night, drifting likely

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 4:56 p.m. CDT
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(Kyle Bursaw – kbursaw@shawmedia.com)
A plow clears snow on North Second Street on Tuesday in DeKalb.

Street crews for DeKalb, Sycamore and the county are expecting to be out until late Tuesday evening as winds are expected increase and cause drifting.

"We figure we'll be out pretty late tonight...and early tomorrow before people make their rounds to work," DeKalb County Engineer Nathan Schwartz said.

Mark Espy, director of DeKalb's street operations, said the citywide street parking prohibition was never fully implemented. He said people have heeded the warning about parking on the street. Police have only been ticketing cars that are parked on snow routes.

"Traffic is a lot lower today," Espy said, pointing to closed businesses and schools.

Sycamore Public Works Director Fred Busse agreed that traffic was a lot slower in Sycamore.

"People have taken the warning - traffic does seem lighter than normal," Busse said. "That's good for getting out and plowing the streets."

Although the snow fell later, Schwartz said he expects to get the same inch count of 6 to 9 inches meteorologists were predicting.

Schwartz said he hasn't seen a lot of accidents, even with some radio reports about a vehicle being stuck in a ditch.

"We have seen a lot of people slow down to let the plow truck pass," Schwartz said. "I am glad to see people are utilizing winter driving skills in such a snow storm."

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