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Winter storm snowfall varies across DeKalb County

An IDOT snowplow passes Lee Rd. on 23 Wednesday morning in Waterman after southern portions of DeKalb county received three to four inches of snow overnight.
An IDOT snowplow passes Lee Rd. on 23 Wednesday morning in Waterman after southern portions of DeKalb county received three to four inches of snow overnight.

Residents from the northern and southern portions of DeKalb County can expect completely different road conditions this morning after a snowstorm dropped varied amounts of snow across the area.

Unofficial overnight snowfall totals in southern parts of the county near Route 34 were between 3 and 4 inches, Northern Illinois University Meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said. In DeKalb, Kirkland and northern parts of the county near Route 64, less than an inch of snow fell overnight.

“The heavy snow band was much narrower than expected,” Sebenste said. We knew that two systems were coming together to make this happen, and when this occurs, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. In this case, it did. However, people who are sick of the snow from DeKalb northward got a nice reprieve.”

The heavier snowfall south has caused slick road conditions and drifting snow for the morning commute.

“Central and south [county roads] are still slick, and we are having cars sliding and ditches and accidents,” DeKalb Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Gary Dumdie said. “Up north, it's primarily wet and the roads are in decent shape.”

Temperatures later in the week could reach 40 degrees.

“It should be in the 40s again by Friday,” Sebenste said. “This snow should all melt by then. Hang in there, spring is coming.

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