There was little weather throughout DeKalb County on Saturday morning and into Saturday afternoon, but at least a couple of inches of snow are on the way, according to the National Weather Service.
John Gardner, who was just leaving Genoa Cafe, said he thought bad weather was imminent.
“It looks like the worst of it is yet to come,” Gardner said.
After the National Weather Service predicted inclement weather during the past two days, Jake Petr, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Chicago, said Saturday afternoon that the driving conditions would worsen throughout Saturday.
“For the most part (the weather has) been on track,” Petr said.
He said the expectation was there would be higher totals of snowfall to the north and west of DeKalb. He said the DeKalb County area did get light icing Saturday morning and the weather service expects snow Saturday afternoon and into the evening.
“Anywhere in the county could see two to four inches of snow,” Petr said. The northern part of the county, which includes Genoa, Sycamore, Kingston and Kirkland should see more snowfall.”
Dina Ajeti, who works at Genoa Cafe, said just before noon that the restaurant – which is usually open until 3 p.m. on Saturday – was closing early because of the impending precipitation.
“We don’t want to be here when it starts snowing,” she said. “And we want everyone to get home safe.”
While driving back to DeKalb, Steve Schleplinberg was carrying a bag of road salt and tossing handfuls of salt throughout his driveway.
Schleplinberg, who lives on Illinois 23, just south of Derby Line Road in Genoa, said he was trying to prevent damage.
He said he was just doing preventative maintenance before any inclement weather hits.
“The snow’s coming,” Schleplinberg said. “It’ll be here.”
Despite the little weather that fell on DeKalb County through Saturday morning, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Pettengell said a few cars wound up in ditches.
“Four total went into ditches,” he said.
Pettengell said speed is a consideration in those four instances as it is in any such accident.
He advised drivers to drive slower on the slick roads.
“If you take your time and drive slow, you’ll be able to get where you need to go,” Pettengell said. “Plan ahead. We’re looking for weather conditions to deteriorate as the storm gets going.”
Sycamore Police Sgt. Steve Watry said Sycamore Police had responded to zero crashes as of Saturday afternoon.
“Knock on wood,” Watry said in the hopes that no one would end up in a crash the rest of the day.
He wanted to warn residents to be prepared for some slick spots at a few intersections and in a few parking lots in Sycamore. He also hopes people drive cautiously.
Source: The Daily Chronicle