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Police see few problems after weekend snow

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The approximate two-inch snowfall in DeKalb on Saturday into Sunday caused little problems for police.

The storm, which saw about six inches of snowfall in Rockford, caused one accident and nine cars to fall into ditches, said Gary Dumdie, chief deputy of DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

“I think it started late enough [Saturday] that everybody was pretty much in by the time the roads started getting bad,” Dumdie said.

Friday was a bigger issue for deputies, when there were 12 accidents and 48 reports of cars in ditches, Dumdie said.

The snowfall today likely will not cause many problems, Northern Illinois University Meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said.

The area is expected to get less than an inch of snow today with windchills below zero, Sebenste said. This means drivers have to worry more about icy roads, but it shouldn’t be a big problem, Sebenste said.

“Most areas will have the roads plowed by morning,” he said. “Sidewalks will still be very icy. That will have to be watched for.

“Areas not salted will likely still be very icy.”

The National Weather Service will not have official totals for the weekend’s snowfall until 7 a.m. today.

Sebenste is predicting a white Christmas this year. He said the definition of a white Christmas is when there is at least one inch of snow by 6 a.m. Christmas morning.

“The last three or four winters, we’ve had marginal white Christmases with snow right around one inch,” he said. “This year, we will have more than that.”

Dumdie said people should always be prepared for driving in poor weather conditions when the roads are bad.

He advised residents to keep a full tank of gas. If your car is in a ditch, keep the car running for heat, call police and keep hazard lights on, Dumdie said.

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