ROCKFORD - Heavy, thick, wet snow blanketed the Stateline on Tuesday with nearly four inches of snow with more accumulating over night. Tuesday afternoon, wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour coupled with that heavy snow have the makings for a treacherous evening commute.
and low visibility made it easy for people to lose control on
"I was like, 'Oh man, oh man, I'm going to total my car.' I was freaking out," said Danaher.
Plow truck drivers and salt truck operators had a busy day taking care of the roads, since the storm was drawn out over most of the day on Tuesday. Mike Beard does commercial and residential plowing and advises people to let workers like him do their job.
"If at all possible, let the people with the big trucks and all, let them get out and get their job done so you don't have any problems," said Beard.
Whether the roads are slick or not Twila Bailye, a letter carrier with the post office, has to be out in the mess regardless. Bailye says the main roads were primarily decent on Tuesday, but side roads still remain messy. But Bailye says postal workers like herself have training to deal with winter weather.
"They teach us defensive driving," said Bailye.
"You know, have a lot of space between the cars in front of you and use your signals and break very carefully. Just common sense stuff."
But Bailye's defensive driving training might not be common sense for everyone, especially people like Danaher who says he'll be taking it easier next time.
"I'm definitely taking it slower - being a little bit more careful," said Danaher.