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Rockford's first snow storm of the season leaves icy roads

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Rockford first snowfall this season left almost nine inches of snow.  

"Its beautiful until you get out and drive in it," Rockford resident Latrese Lottie said. 

After the snow fall temperatures dropped and ice was a big issue. 

"This year is pretty bad," Rockford resident Isaha Broude said.  "There is ice everywhere."

Residents Isaha Broude and Latrese Lottie had different experiences on the roads.

"Actually its pretty good," Lottie said. "The streets are clear so far. I haven't run into any hazardous spots or anything like that, but so far they're pretty good."

Broude said his street had not been plowed yet.

 "The main streets are actually able to drive on," Broude said, "Side streets, it took about 15 minutes to get out of my driveway."

City crews said they knew that was an issue around Rockford, so Sunday morning snowplows were back out hitting some of those side streets with salt.

"You start out with warmer temperatures," Rockford's Director of Public Works, Tim Hanson said. "Its a wet sleeting type of snow.  It gets underneath what snow had came down later in the night."

He said afterward its a slick surface.  

"We felt for safety reasons we should go out there and make sure that we should salt," Hanson said. "It should melt pretty good going into warmer temperatures."  

Over the weekend the city used more than one-thousand tons of salt for this storm. This plus snowplow services adds up to a costly cleanup, but it's a price Hanson expected to pay.

"Its going to be close to $250,000," Hanson said.

 People can call 779-348-7260 to request street plowing.  

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