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City of DeKalb to conserve salt with snow on way

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 6:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 10:50 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Ahead of a winter storm that forecasters are warning could dump 6 inches or more of snow on DeKalb County today and Saturday, the city of DeKalb Public Works Department is warning residents that it will not be applying road salt to residential streets during upcoming expected snowstorms.

A news release issued Thursday by Public Works Director T.J. Moore said the city is trying to conserve salt by using it only on main roads and potentially dangerous areas.

“It has been very challenging to receive salt deliveries from the state of Illinois,” Moore said in the statement. “The city currently has 250 tons of salt on hand and the city does not want to depend on future shipments that may not come on time.”

The city has ordered an ­additional 800 tons of salt from the state, the release states.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for DeKalb County, which says light snow will begin this afternoon and could last through Saturday evening, with snowfall rates of one to two inches an hour possible mid-morning Saturday.

Weather forecasts for the next 10 days predict the area could receive a cumulative total of 10 inches of snow.

And temperatures aren’t expected to climb much higher any time soon, National Weather Service Meteorologist Casey Sullivan said.

After highs in the mid-20s Thursday, today’s highs are expected to stay in the mid-teens. On Saturday, the temperature will likely peak in the lower 20s, Sullivan said.

With periods of intense snowfall possible Saturday, Sullivan cautioned that driving could become hazardous.

“We could have a period Saturday where snow might fall fairly moderately for three, four or five hours,” he said. “If people don’t have to travel, wait until the roads are clear.”

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