Snow Emergencies Across Much of the Stateline

By: Brian Doogs Email
By: Brian Doogs Email

 DENVER (AP) -- A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains could cause headaches for travelers in the Midwest.

Drivers in Iowa and Nebraska are being warned to be careful or stop driving altogether starting Wednesday evening as the first major winter storm of the season heads into the central Plains. Strong winds are expected to create blizzard conditions.

   Light snow is also expected at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Thursday and strong winds could make visibility poor. National Weather Service forecaster Jamie Enderlen says that, combined with low clouds, could cause delays at the nation's second-busiest airport.

   Delays at Denver's airport, the fifth-busiest, were averaging 30 minutes because of snow and ice Wednesday. Interstates in Colorado remained open.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Stateliners are already starting to gear up for the first storm of the year. 290 days is how long it has been since the Rockford Area last saw accumulating snow. Tomorrow, all of that will end, and the city of Rockford will be ready for it. Two groups will be on standby as the storm approaches and eventually rotating 12-hour shifts. If the storm is worse than expected the city does have a private contractor on standby for additional support. Some crews are already out in preparation and priority is keeping the main roads clear.

"We will start with the pre-treatment of a salt mixture we have. We will go out and use the salt mixture before it starts snowing. We want to make sure the main streets are taken care of right away,” said Public Works Director, Tim Hanson.

The city of Rockford has implemented it's snow ordinance that goes into place at 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning and they will be ticketing if you are parked in a snow zone.

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