DeKalb County recuperating after winter storm plows through

November 27, 2018

In the 32 years he has lived in Clare, DeKalb County Board member Kevin Bunge said he hasn’t seen Route 64 quite like it was during the storm Sunday night into Monday morning.

Bunge said he hasn’t ever gotten his three-quarter-ton pickup truck stuck in a snowstorm, but he said he was stuck in his driveway at first and slid into a tree in his own front yard when he was trying to make his way to help someone out of a snowbank.

“I’ve never experienced that before,” Bunge said.

This batch of snow, which fell on the county between about

5:30 p.m. Sunday and 4 a.m. Monday, hours after the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning, dumped about 10 inches of wet, heavy snow in parts of DeKalb County.

More than 500 ComEd customers were affected by the storm, according to ComEd’s outage map. Businesses on Route 23 also experienced power problems after a power line fell on the building where All About Eyes operates.

Kevin Donofrio, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Chicago, said there were reports of 10 inches of snow a mile southwest from the center of DeKalb. He said the heart of DeKalb got 9.1 inches, Genoa got 8.4 inches, Rochelle got 12 inches and Elburn got 9.2 inches.

Donofrio said the strongest winds around the county came in the late afternoon Sunday, 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 mph 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 snowfall for any calendar day in the month of November.

He said the previous record was 6.6 inches Nov. 27, 1995.

“To be getting these types of numbers is pretty uncommon,” Donofrio said.

With Sycamore schools being closed Monday, the Sycamore Park District Northwestern Medicine Sled Hill and warming areas on Airport Road officially opened for the first time. Schools in DeKalb, Hiawatha and Kaneland, along with Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois Unversity’s main campus, also were closed Monday because of the weather.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office responded to 112 reports of vehicles that were stuck in ditches across the county between midnight and 4 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. Sheriff’s deputies also responded to five property damage incidents and six calls of downed power lines during that time.

Sheriff’s officials did not know how long Perry Road east of Hinckley Road would be closed because of wires across the roadway. Leland Road between Suydam and Sanderson roads also was closed indefinitely because of downed wires.

“All drivers are still urged to practice safe winter driving habits, allow for more time to travel and to make sure that you have a charged cellphone, blanket and plenty of fuel in your car if you must travel,” Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said in the release.

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