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Emergency snow rules in effect throughout the area

With the snowstorm moving in Friday, emergency snow rules are in or might take effect across the Sauk Valley.

• In Rock Falls, a winter snow emergency is in effect from 6 p.m Friday until 6 p.m. Sunday, and so odd/even parking rules apply.

Additional parking restrictions are in force downtown. No parking is allowed from 2 to 5 a.m. during the snow emergency period on: West Second Street, from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue East Second Street, from First Avenue to Avenue B. East Third Street, from First Avenue to Avenue B. 200 blocks of Second, Third and Fourth avenues. First Avenue from the bridge to Dixon Avenue. Vehicles left in those areas will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

• In Sterling, snow rules take effect once there is 2 or more inches of snow on the ground, or an emergency has been declared.

During a snow emergency, which had not been declared as of 3 p.m. today, there is no parking on snow routes until all snow has been removed from the full width of the street, and no parking in the central business district or city parking lots from 1:30 to 5:30 a.m.

Go to, then click on departments, then Public Works and snow and ice removal for the list of Sterling’s 26 emergency snow routes.

Even/odd parking restrictions are in effect on all other city streets. Residents should 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. Parking restrictions will end block by block after the snowfall stops, and when all accumulated snow has been removed from the full width of the street, or when the city cancels the snow emergency. Violators will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Call the Sterling Police Department, 815-632-6640, or the Public Works Department, 815-632-6657, with questions.

• Dixon’s ordinance also takes effect when there is more than 2 inches of snow on the street between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. It, too, employs the odd-even parking system.

Residents who live on streets where parking is permitted on only one side of the road still must follow the ordinance. Residents are encouraged to use their driveway until the road has been cleared.

If there are no parking options, call police at 815-288-4411 to make arrangements.

Even/odd parking rules don’t apply to the Central Business District, however. No parking is allowed on the streets or in parking lots between 2 and 6 a.m., so the city crews can clean the streets and lots for the next business day. Once a side of the road has been cleared for an entire block, parking can resume.

• In Morrison, when snow emergencies are declared on the city’s website, odd/even parking rules apply, and no parking is permitted on snow routes or the Central Business District until all snow is removed from the full width of the street. The CBD includes all streets within the boundaries of Knox Street, Orange Street, Clinton Street, and the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way. (Parking always is prohibited on these streets from 2:30 to 6 a.m.)

All other streets are subject to odd-even parking between 6 and 8 a.m. Motorists may park on either side once the street has been plowed clear.

• In Oregon, after an inch or more has accumulated on public streets, even/odd rules take effect between 7 a.m. that day and 7 a.m. the next day.

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