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Slippery roads, snow set to greet new year in DeKalb County

DeKALB – DeKalb police have been warning for weeks that they'll have extra officers out patrolling for drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

They likely won't be the only municipal agency out in full-force tonight, however.

Both DeKalb and DeKalb County officials expect snow plows will be out this afternoon or evening, depending on when the expected 1.5 to 3.5 inches of snow starts falling. Overall, the area could receive up to five inches of snow by 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

"For those who are traveling home [about 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. Wednesday], the roads will not be good, so it is absolutely imperative that if you are coming back from a New Year's celebration you do so in such a state that you will be fully alert," Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said.

In fact, the snow should be falling hard enough about 1 a.m. that any salt on the roadway wouldn't have much affect, Sebenste said.

But DeKalb officials will send their typical crew of 16 plows out when the snow starts falling, with plows focusing on main roads, snow routes and major residential streets during the snowfall. Plows won't go to smaller residential streets until the snowfall is over, said Mark Espy, DeKalb's assistant director of public works.

Meanwhile, DeKalb County officials will have its 12 plows out on their 12 standard routes, with two smaller trucks dedicated to clearing intersections, County Engineer Nathan Schwartz said.

"If the snow comes fairly late in the evening into the night hours, we'll be out making sure we're out there early enough to make sure we have a full pass before the morning rush," Schwartz said. "If it starts 4 in the afternoon, we'll be out there in the evening."

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