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DeKalb parking restrictions likely during snowfall

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 12:03 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 10:00 p.m. CST
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(Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
A vehicle is seen stuck in a snowdrift Monday on Somonauk Road in Sandwich Township. DeKalb city officials are telling residents not to park on the streets Friday night and Saturday as heavy snowfall is expected during that time.

DeKALB — DeKalb city officials are telling residents not to park on streets Friday night into Saturday during a winter storm which will make plowing difficult for crews.

During a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday, National Weather Service officials predict up to 10 inches of snow can accumulate.

The heaviest snowfall will occur between 6 a.m. and noon Saturday, said NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste.The south side of the county is expected to get more snow, about 8 to 9 inches, than the north side, which is expected to receive 5 to 8 inches, Sebenste said.

DeKalb will receive 6 to 8 inches, Sebenste said.

Residents are encouraged to use off-street parking because it is likely a snow emergency will be declared Saturday, according to a city of DeKalb news release issued Friday. Residents can use Lot #3, or Gurler Lot, at the northwest corner of Grove and South Fourth streets to park during the storm, the news release states.

The city of DeKalb will not salt residential streets to conserve its salt because the city has had issues receiving deliveries from the state on time, DeKalb Public Works Director TJ Moore said.

"In residential areas, people can drive slowly and carefully, so plowing is less needed," Moore said.

Meanwhile, DeKalb County Sheriff Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie reminded drivers to make sure their headlamps are on when visibility is low. Police are noticing more motorists are not turning on their headlights during poor conditions, leaving police to ticket them and issue a $120 fine, Dumdie said.

"With the popularity of auto headlamps, people can set their headlamps to come on automatically at night, but the issue is they don't come on during the daylight when visibility is reduced," Dumdie said.

Mark Espy, DeKalb's assistant director of Public Works street operations, said the Saturday storm will bring packing snow, making it difficult to salt and leaving snow on a lot of road surfaces.

A polar vortex is expected to arrive after Tuesday, leaving that snow to freeze on the roads, Espy said.

"We'll do everyting we can to make sure [there are] safe driving conditions, but residents will have to slow down," Espy said.

Nathan Schwartz, DeKalb County Engineer, said the county is in fair condition with salt because they have reserves built up to handle delivery issues.

Tuesday's storm is expected to carry more snow and winds at or above 40 mph, with drifting snow expected to be a problem, Sebenste said.

Weather-related cancellations include:

• Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb has canceled its Winter Farmers' Market; the next market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22.

• DeKalb's electronics recycling drop-off for Saturday has been canceled.

• Sycamore Youth Basketball at Sycamore High School Fieldhouse has been canceled.

• Northern Illinois Big 12 Freshman/Sophomore Wrestling hosted at Sycamore has been canceled.

• Sycamore Middle School Wrestling hosted at DeKalb has been canceled.

• Sycamore Girls Bowling hosted at Dixon has been canceled.

• IHSA Cheerleading hosted at Grayslake has been rescheduled to Sunday.

• Open gym at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse on Saturday has been canceled.

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