Photos by Mark Busch – email@example.com (Caption: A pole and powerlines lie on the corner of Somonauk and Chicago roads north of Sandwich on Monday morning after they were knocked down by the winds and heavy snow that fell Sunday night into Monday.) The latest hurdle to clear, Scott said about 10:20 a.m., is power lines down on Perry Road between Hinckley and the county line, which has deputies closing down a stretch more than three miles long, he said. ComEd is on the scene, Scott said. "They're out everywhere," he said. "This will be one of their next goals." He guessed it could take at least four hours to make the road safe.
(Caption: A work van is stranded in the ditch along Route 38 after sliding off the roadway Monday near Cortland.) According to a news release from his office sent at 1:30 a.m., 80 vehicles were in the ditch at that point, and that three crashes had resulted in personal injuries, two in property damage. In one case, a GMC pickup truck driven by John Ryan, 51, of the 700 block of Oakbrook Road in Newark, was westbound about 6 p.m. Sunday on state Route 38 east of Virginia Road when he crossed the center line because of snow and hit three other vehicles, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Maria Vazquez, 39, of the 1700 block of Sunflower Drive in DeKalb, who was wearing her seat belt as passenger in a Honda SUV, was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital with minor injuries; part of Route 38 was closed for about 45 minutes. The SUV’s driver, as well as the drivers of a Pontiac Sedan and a Chevrolet SUV that were crashed into were wearing their seat belts and unhurt, according to the release.
A Cortland snowplow clears South Loves Road in Cortland Monday after rain and snow Sunday night into Monday laid down a layer of ice and snow on local roadways.
Tow services and deputies continue to respond to new reports, and Scott said at one point a snow plow and a wrecker ended up in a ditch on U.S. Route 30 on the southern edge of the county. Route 30 goes east and west, of course, and such roads are in the worst shape, even though plows have persistently gone through. “East-west is still the roughest,” Scott said, "but many north-south roads are in bad shape, too." He said if you truly have to travel, state Route 64 west of Glidden Road should be avoided, as several vehicles are in ditches. "It's still bad," Scott said about 10:20 a.m. "They're still down to one lane in quite a few places."
Similarly, state Route 38 east of Route 23 is a a problem, too. These routes aren't closed, but should be avoided, if possible, Scott said. With nearly a foot of fresh, wet, heavy snow blanketing DeKalb County, the county's offices will be closed today, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. That means the sheriff's office, the county clerk's office, the health department, the courthouse – all county buildings will reopen Tuesday. This batch of snow, which fell on the county between about 5:30 p.m. Sunday through 4 this morning, hours after the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning, is no lightweight – literally. It's wet and heavy, so if it's up to you to shovel it, be sure to pace yourself. Even though it's cold out, stay hydrated, and if you get weak or lightheaded, take a break. Kevin Donofrio, meteorologist for National Weather Service Chicago, said there have been reports of 10 inches of snow a mile southwest from the city center of DeKalb. He said the heart of DeKalb got 9.1 inches of snow, Genoa got 8.4 inches, Rochelle got 12 inches and Elburn got 9.2 inches. Donofrio said the strongest winds around DeKalb County came in the late afternoon, between 4 and 6 p.m., and between 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday. "Most of the area saw winds between 35 and 50 miles per hour in the heart of the storm," Donofrio said. To put those numbers into perspective, Donofrio said, Rockford got 11.7 inches of snow from the storm, making it the highest calendar day snowfall for any calendar day in the month of November. He said the previously record was 6.6 inches on Nov. 27, 1995. "To be getting these types of numbers is pretty uncommon," Donofrio said. According to ComEd's outage map at outage map.comed.com, there are 10 power outages in DeKalb affecting 757 customers, nine in Sycamore affecting 22 customers, and five in Genoa affecting five customers. Far and away the biggest group of residents affected in DeKalb – 735 of them as of 7:30 a.m. – are west of the intersection of Glidden and Rich roads. According to the outage map, the damage is being assessed, so no time of power restoration has been established. Superintendents throughout the county announced Sunday night their school districts will be closed today. Northern Illinois University Spokesman Joe King said Sunday night that courses would first begin at 10 a.m., but sent an update Monday morning stating the university will be closed until operations resume at midnight tonight. Monday classes at Rockford are canceled. Naperville, Hoffman Estates and Lorado Taft will remain open and operate with a regular schedule on Monday, King said. If you've got a ticket on your vehicle in DeKalb, it's likely because once more than two inches of snow fall, a snow emergency is declared so plows can properly clear the roads. The city asks that residents do their part in clearing their sidewalks, according to a post on its Facebook page. Other closures and schedule changes: • The Sycamore Park District announced in a news release that its Pathway Fitness track at the community center, 480 Airport Road, will be closed overnight and reopen at 7 a.m. Monday. The district offices will open at 10 a.m. • The Kishwaukee Family YMCA, usually open at 5 a.m., will open at 9 a.m., and no classes will be offered before noon. While the Y typically offers its No School, No Problem program when schools are out of session, that will not be the case Monday because of the delay in opening, CEO Mark Spiegelhoff said. • Family Service Agency and its Club 55s for seniors also will be closed, development director Sarah Slavenas said. • DeKalb City Hall, 200 S. Fourth St., will first open at 10 a.m. Monday, and Lakeshore Recycling Systems will not collect garbage and recycling Monday, pushing back all collections one day this week, according to a post on the city of DeKalb Facebook page. • The DeKalb Public Library will be closed all day Monday, according to a news release. A release from the Sycamore Public Library says it will open first at 1 p.m. Monday. • Elder Care Services, the Children's Learning Center and Creative Kids Connection, and We Care Pregnancy Center in DeKalb, and Northestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital's Cardiac Rehab and Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, are all closed today.