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Cold returns after Saturday’s snowfall

Published: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 10:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 10:51 p.m. CDT
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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Kristin Peska of DeKalb cross-country skies across the bridge Saturday at Hopkins Park in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Drivers can prepare for a chilly yet snow-free commute this morning after the Saturday snowstorm brought less snow than expected.

Total accumulation for Saturday’s storm was 3.3 inches, well less than the 5 to 8 inches predicted, said Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste.

The storm brought less snow because at the last minute, it shifted further south, where those in the Interstate 80 corridor received the heaviest snow, Sebenste said.

This morning’s temperatures will hover between minus 5 and minus 10 degrees, with a high temperature barley above 10 degrees, Sebenste said.

“The good news is that we won’t have any snow, but obviously the roads will still have snow and ice on them,” Sebenste said, “so people need to be careful coming into work.”

The Saturday storm caused few problems on the roads for police. However, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reported one accident in which a 19-year-old Kirkland resident was traveling west on Route 72 west of Quarry when she lost control on the snow and went into a ditch, hitting several trees, according to a news release.

The driver was uninjured but was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital for precautionary measures, the release states.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said there were no serious problems because the storm hit on a Saturday, when there is less traffic.

DeKalb Public Works officials chose not to salt residential streets Saturday and instead focused on salting busy intersections and main roads, a procedure they will continue to do until they receive more salt shipments from the state early this week, said DeKalb Public Works director TJ Moore.

“We don’t have salt on hand to salt every road like we’ve been doing,” said Mark Espy, DeKalb Public Works assistant director. “We can’t use all the salt on hand for [one] storm.”

Nathan Schwartz, DeKalb County Engineer, said the DeKalb County Highway Department has enough salt built up in reserves in both its DeKalb and Waterman storage facilities.

However, he still worries about the salt situation.

“It’s always on the back of my mind,” Schwartz said, “but I feel confident with our reserves as well as the deliveries that keep trickling in that we’ll be in the OK status for the rest of the winter.”

It is also expected to snow Tuesday, although it is too early to predict a snowfall total, Sebenste said, but he is seeing signs of the heaviest snow staying to the east and south of DeKalb County.

Today’s forecast

High: 18 degrees, wind chill values as low as minus 6.

Low: 11 degrees, wind chill values as low as minus 1 degrees

Source: National Weather Service

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