ROCKFORD -- Persistent moderate to heavy snow is shutting down many schools, businesses and organizations across the Stateline. Meteorologist Candice King reports from the First Warn Weather Center that the snow will continue into the evening, with most places receiving 5-to-6 inches with some getting as high as 10 inches of accumulation.
While plows are working overtime on the highways, even major roads are reported to be snow covered and slick with slide offs reported. Rockford began plowing operations at 5:30am. The Illinois Tollway has activated its full fleet of 182 snowplows in response to snow falling systemwide during this morning's rush hour and increasing in intensity throughout the day and continuing through the evening.
More rural areas are reporting poor road conditions, with some Sheriff's Departments now unable to respond to slide offs or stranded motorists. Police urge people to stay off the roads if they can.
Snow emergencies have been declared in many areas, and garbage pickup also canceled.
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