Several communities declaring snow emergencies - – Rockford’s News Leader

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With several inches of snow expected to fall around the area Tuesday, several communities are declaring snow emergencies and closing schools.

Snow Emergencies:
The City of Rockford has declared a snow emergency. Odd/Even Parking will go into effect at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Also, garbage pickup for Tuesday has been canceled. Tuesday pickup will now occur on Wednesday, with Wednesday pickup occurring on Thursday, and so on.

A snow emergency has been declared in Freeport as of 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. Winter Parking Regulations will be in effect for the next 48 hours. 

The City of Belvidere has declared a snow emergency. All parked cars should be removed from city streets.

The City of Rochelle has declared Odd/Even Parking to be in effect.

The Village of Pecatonica has issued a snow emergency beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Monday and ending at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Odd/even parking rules will be in effect.

The Village of Machesney Park has declared a snow emergency, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Monday and ending at noon on Wednesday, March 6. No cars are allowed to be parked on village streets during that time. Also, the Machesney Park Village Hall will be closed Tuesday due to the weather. Also, trash pickup will be on Saturday, March 9 instead of Friday, March 8.

In the Village of Cherry Valley, winter parking regulations have gone into effect. No vehicles are allowed to be parked on village streets for the duration of the winter storm warning, which is scheduled to end at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, or until all streets are cleared. Garbage pickup for Cherry Valley has been canceled on Tuesday and will resume on Wednesday.

The City of Beloit has also declared a snow emergency. It will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday and end at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday. During that time, no cars are allowed to be parked on city streets. Parking is allowed in designated lots.

The City of Janesville has declared a snow emergency beginning at noon on Tuesday. All parked cars must be removed from city streets until plowing operations are complete. If you are unable to park in a driveway or garage, parking is allowed in designated snow emergency parking stalls. For more information, visit

The Village of Clinton, Wisconsin has declared a snow emergency beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. During that time, no parking is allowed on village streets.

Latest Forecast from the 13 Weather Authority:

Winter Storm Warnings in effect through the evening. Snowfall will taper between 6pm and 9pm with snowfall totals between 7 and 12 inches. Luckily, the wind has been fairly constant in the 10-20mph range, alleviating a huge blowing and drifting threat. Light snow will taper to flurries after 9pm with little/no additional accumulation through the overnight.Temperatures will fall into the lower 20s with a wind out of the north 10-20mph.A few limited breaks in the overcast on Wednesday with highs of 32 degrees.A new weather system arrives this weekend with rain developing Saturday evening, lasting through Sunday. Depending on the cold air at the surface, there is at least a small threat of icing Saturday night...something we will monitor in future forecast packages.Models are trending cooler for Monday with a potential for more accumulating snow. -Eric

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Also, keep up to date on closings on our Closings Page:

Tollway Information:
The Illinois Tollway has deployed its full fleet of snowplows, which will continue work through the evening rush hour. The Tollway's Snow Operations Center is open and staffed. Drivers are advised to stay a safe distance away from snowplows.

Drivers should call *999 for help (always call 911 in emergencies) or to report stranded vehicles. For updated road conditions, drivers can call 1-800-865-5394.


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