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H-h-happy N-n-n-ew Year: Toe-curling cold will usher in 2018, Weather Service says

Sterling Park District workers clear the ice at Thomas Park in Sterling for ice skating Thursday afternoon.
Sterling Park District workers clear the ice at Thomas Park in Sterling for ice skating Thursday afternoon.

Friday’s snowstorm brought with it the usual handful of slide-offs and fender-benders.

It’s not the snow, though, but the subzero cold that will make memorable the last weekend of 2017. A wind-chill advisory, warning of temps between 20 and 30 below zero, is in effect from 4 a.m. Saturday through noon Tuesday.

Saturday’s forecast calls for temperatures falling to around 2 below by 9 a.m., with a wind chill as low as -22 and gusty northwest winds. The overnight low will be about minus 7.

It’ll warm up to all of 5 degrees Sunday, but the wind chill will make it feel more like minus 20. The overnight low will dip to about 13 below.

New Year’s Day will dawn sunny and cold, with a big ‘ol goose egg of a high, maybe even as low as 1 below zero.

Friday, 2 inches of snow had fallen by about 3:30, and up to 6 inches was expected, the National Weather Service said.

With those kinds of numbers – at least 2 inches on the ground – emergency parking rules go into effect in Sterling and Rock Falls.

In Sterling, the rule remains in effect for at least 48 hours or until the snow stops and the full width of the street has been plowed.

Residents must park on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days and on the even side on even-numbered days. Tickets will not be issued between 6 and 8 a.m., but otherwise, violators will be ticketed and their vehicles may be towed.

Rock Falls’ snow emergency rule, which took effect at 7 p.m. Friday and lasts until noon Saturday, requires residents to remove their vehicles from designated snow routes, and no parking is allowed downtown from 2 to 6 a.m.

Odd/even calendar parking is in effect on all other roads until the snow is cleared.

Folks also are asked to keep sidewalks and mailboxes clear of show.

A quick afternoon survey Friday found Sterling police and Lee County sheriff’s deputies had dealt with three accidents apiece, Rock Falls police with one.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Go to www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the latest road conditions.

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