The Snowstorm That Wasn't

By: 23 Weekend News
By: 23 Weekend News

Rockford City crews began salting and plowing main streets after noon as the early part of the storm began to build. Salt trucks continued their rounds as conditions warranted. Local drivers apparently heeded all of the weather warnings because there weren't a large number of major weather related accidents. Local police do say some people were driving too fast for conditions.

The biggest concern Sunday night is with the plunging temperatures. With the melted snow, it's likely to quickly turn to ice, making the streets even more dangerous.

Kids have no restrictions on how much snow they hoped would fall. Many youngsters were eager to cruise down that hill. One favorite sledding spot was Aldeen Park. As soon as the snow started falling the layers came on. Kids and parents bundled up to spend Sunday afternoon at the park.

Tackling that big hill was a challenge some thought might never come this season. The only obstacle for some Sunday was the wind.

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A Motorists Guide to Winter Driving

Pre-Trip Planning

  • To minimize the chances of a weather-related delay, plan ahead with safety in mind.

  • Always be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, or ask yourself if the trip is necessary.

  • Always have an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small shovel, an ice scraper, antifreeze, blankets; nonperishable food; and a first aid kit.

Starting Your Car

  • Be sure to turn off all accessories (radio, heater, lights etc.) before starting your car. This will maximize your battery's starting power.

  • If your car has a fuel injection system, don't touch the accelerator pedal. For carbureted cars, depress the accelerator once before attempting to start the vehicle. Then, simply turn the key and hold it for a few seconds.

Handling Roadside Emergencies

  • Pull as far off the road as possible. This helps to avoid getting hit by another vehicle.

  • Indicate trouble by opening the hood and turning on the vehicle's emergency flashers. Place a "Call Police" sign in the rear window.

  • Stay in the car. Avoid the temptation of accepting a ride with a stranger. Instead, if someone offers help, ask him or her to notify the police if you do not own a cell phone. Leave only with a marked police car or a state or city emergency vehicle.

  • Don't walk or hitchhike, both of which invite trouble-you could either get caught in a storm, or be forced in a dangerous situation involving strangers.

Driving Tips

  • Always wear seatbelts.

  • Remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights. Also be sure to clear snow from the vehicle's hood, roof and trunk.

  • Reduce your speed while driving. The posted speed limits are for dry, clear conditions only.

  • Watch for slick spots under bridges and on overpasses.

  • Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

Source: www.icepack.org contributed to this report.


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