DeKALB – Sunny and breezy weather today is expected to present few problems for drivers after Monday's snowstorm left several cars in ditches and closed Kishwaukee College early.
The temperature is expected to climb today to 37 degrees with winds gusting as high as 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
Even with the relatively high winds, Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said the snow will be heavy and wet, which means little drifting. Winds will gust this afternoon out of the west and southwest area at 10 to 15 mph, Sebenste said.
"Outside of some blowing snow in open and rural areas, it won't be bad," he said.
This expected weather is a welcome change from Monday, when the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office reported multiple cars in ditches at the intersection of Malta Road and Route 64.
DeKalb County received 4 inches of snow. The average snow depth is now 18 inches, Sebenste said.
There were also reports of thunder and lightning during the snowstorm, which only occurs about once every three years, Sebenste said. An NIU student reported hearing thunder, which was confirmed with the National Lightning Detection Networks.
There were also some confirmed lightning and thunder reports near Paw Paw and east of DeKalb, Sebenste said.
Both Kishwaukee College and the Center for Family Health in Malta closed Monday morning, while the DeKalb Clinic Convenient Care and Once Upon A Time Child Care closed early Monday afternoon. The DeKalb Park District Hopkins Pool Consideration Committee and the Hinckley Village Board meetings were canceled Monday.
The city of DeKalb issued a parking prohibition at 2:45 p.m. Monday, which meant parking was not allowed on streets designated as emergency routes until the prohibition was lifted about 9 p.m. Violators faced fines between $25 and $75.
Gary Dumdie, DeKalb County Sheriff's chief deputy, reminded residents to drive slowly and have a full tank of gas if they are driving during bad weather. He also suggested carrying blankets in the car and having a fully charged cellphone in case drivers become stranded.
"If you do become stranded or stuck in a ditch or on the road," he said, "stay in your car and call for assistance."
There could be a freezing rain or snow Wednesday into Thursday, which could provide problems for the rush hour Thursday morning, Sebenste said.