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Meteorologist: Morning commute outlook improves

A small plow from the Northern Illinois University grounds department clears the sidewalk and curb Tuesday in front of the NIU sign at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Castle Dr. in DeKalb. Rain, sleet and snow fell throughout DeKalb County in the morning, and precipitation isn't expected to stop until sometime Wednesday morning, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Ricky Castro.
A small plow from the Northern Illinois University grounds department clears the sidewalk and curb Tuesday in front of the NIU sign at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Castle Dr. in DeKalb. Rain, sleet and snow fell throughout DeKalb County in the morning, and precipitation isn't expected to stop until sometime Wednesday morning, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Ricky Castro.

Although many factors remain in play, by the time the newspaper hits your doorstep Wednesday morning, you should be able to get to work safely, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Gino Izzi said about 6 p.m. Tuesday that although snow will switch to rain after midnight, then back to snow, by the time temperatures dive into the 20s and teens Wednesday, strong winds should alleviate most concerns of ice on roads.

“You’ll still want to watch for some icy patches, but it’s hard to find icy patches on the road when you have a strong wind blowing,” Izzi said.

He said winds are expected between 15 and 25 mph from the northwest.

The snow and freezing rain mix shut down several local school districts Tuesday, as well as several local agencies.

Kishwaukee College was the first
to announce its closure at 11 a.m.,
after which DeKalb District 428, Hiawatha 426, and Genoa-Kingston 424 all followed suit.

The Voluntary Action Center closed its rural routes and canceled such services as Meals on Wheels, and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA canceled youth and adult programs after 2 p.m.

The roads were severely slippery midday Tuesday, which led to several crashes, a few of which DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to:

• A Gurnee woman was traveling north just before 7:30 a.m. in a 2011 Toyota Corolla on First Street near state Route 64 when she slid on the road and rear-ended a 2003 Buick LeSabre driven by a Rockford man.

• About 10 a.m., a Loves Park man slid off the curve while traveling east on Cherry Valley Road near Paulson Road and slid into the ditch.

• Shortly after 11 a.m., a Sycamore man was traveling north on Malta Road north of Twombly Road in a pickup truck when he lost control on the icy road and ended up in the ditch and had hit a utility box.

• Lending credence to Kish College being the first to announce closing campus, a Chicago man was turning into the college’s parking lot shortly after 10 a.m. when his 2009 Jeep slid on the icy surface and hit a vehicle driven by a Montgomery woman.

No injuries were reported in the crashes, according to Sheriff’s Office news releases, and all drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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