Snow emergencies for Roscoe and Rockton


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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. - from Saturday morning, Jan. 28, 2023 to early Sunday morning, Jan. 29, 2023. The northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin Stateline area should expect accumulating snow and hazardous travel, with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. The steadiest snowfall rates are predicted for Saturday afternoon and evening, with one-half to one-inch of snow falling per hour. At times, drivers won't be able to see farther than one-half mile ahead of them..

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  • Anyone on wheeled transport should expect snow-covered roads and slippery travel. 
  • Get a horse.
  • Steer into the skid.
  • Drive like you're delivering Grandma and her chicken soup to a church potluck.

The Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District says, "IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.. PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROADS."

The Village of Roscoe says, "The Roscoe area will be under a Weather Advisory and a Local Snow Emergency from 9:00 AM Saturday until 6:00 AM Sunday. Forecast call for snow accumulation from 3' to 6', with concentrations of heavy snowfall at times. Village snow plows will be out clearing roads throughout the duration of the event and all cars need to be removed from Village roadways. Please exercise caution when driving and maintain a safe distance from all emergency vehicles."

Other municipalities, such as Village of Rockton, are issuing similar warnings. The Village of Rockton advises residents to "remove your vehicles from public streets when approximately two inches of snow has fallen or is predicted to fall." Similar signs are posted even in unincorporated subdivisions in Winnebago County.

The City of South Beloit has declared a snow emergency for Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 8:00 am until Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 8:00 am. While snow is still being removed anywhere in South Beloit, no vehicle may park on any street. Otherwise, you could be immediately ticketed ($75 a day) and/or towed. Residents are also reminded to remove trash and recycling carts from the street. Our Lentell's recycling cart got bumped over by a snowplow - thanks to the neighbor who righted it.

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