ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Since this morning the snow has been piling on the roads and driving thru this storm is a little bit different from last weeks.
Roads are a little bit slick this time around the last storm had a higher moister content where as the snow now is lighter and fluffier. Street Division Superintendent Mark Stockman says even though the snow will pile up to almost eight inches by the end of the day and despite the freezing temperatures snow plows have all the necessary tools to keep the roads clear, including enhancements to salt.
Street Division Superintendent Mark Stockman said, "Salt will continue to work below 15 degrees, and in our case, we enhance it with a pre-wet material that wets the salt as we put it on the road. And it will be effective to some degree down to about 10 below zero. However, it still doesn't have the melting capabilities that it does at 20 to 30 degrees."
Since the roads are slick, Stockman says drivers should:
- give trucks plenty of room
- don't follow to closely
- wear your seat belt
- and do not try pass a plow
We are getting some reports of school buses stuck in ditches over in Boone County.
We spoke with First Student Bus Company. They tell us kids were on board at the time, but didn't know of any injuries.
Airlines have cancelled about 400 flights at Chicago’s airports. More than five hundred flights were grounded at O’Hare today and all southwest flights were cancelled at Midway. At least five inches are expected to fall in the Chicagoland area.
Shovels and snow blowers are already out in full force in a lot of neighborhoods in the area, families aren't waiting to be snowed in for the night, and instead some are already venturing out into this weather.
Several local residents aren't waiting for the weather to pass despite many cancelled events and businesses closing up shop early for the day. Some say the weather isn't bad enough for them to stay at home and are running errands as they planned, while others who were enjoying the warmer temperatures just a couple weeks ago, are surprised it has taken this long for the first big snowfall of the season.
Loves Park Resident Sanel Mujdzic said, "I'm just wondering when it's going to end. That's my question. I really have no idea. Is it going to continue like this for another month or two or what? I mean we get through December without any snow and now January comes along and we get this. It's unbelievable."
As you would imagine, kids are enjoying this snowfall,probably some of the few who are making the most of this weather.