City of Freeport Declares First Snow Emergency of The Season

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Due to the impending winter storm including expected snow and ice, the city of Freeport has declared a snow emergency for the City of Freeport as of 6:00 am Saturday, January 11, 2020. The snow emergency will be in effect until Monday, January 13, 2020 at 6:00 am.

The winter parking regulations are described in the City ordinance “468.03, Parking Prohibited Under Certain Conditions”.

All Central Business district residents (downtown area) must have their cars removed from the street from the issuance of the snow event for a period of seventy-two hours. No person shall leave parked or standing any motor vehicle on the “even-numbered” side of a street in the City on an “odd-numbered” day of the month. Nor shall any such vehicle be parked or standing on the “odd-numbered” side of a street in the City on an “even-numbered” day of the month.

For the purpose of this chapter, “odd” and “even” numbered days shall be considered as beginning at the hour of 8:00 a.m. after such declaration is made. Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. Streets that have designated parking on one side only for an entire city block, shall be exempt.

City residents are further advised that sidewalks abutting their property must be cleaned of snow within 12 hours of the storm’s end and that it is a violation of City Ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto City streets and sidewalks. Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses.

Message: NOAA-NWS-ALERTS-IL from
Sent: 03:17 CST on 01-10-2020
Effective: 18:00 CST on 01-10-2020
Expires: 00:00 CST on 01-12-2020
Event: Winter Storm Warning
Alert: …Significant Winter Storm this afternoon into Saturday night….A significant winter storm is forecast to impact the area today through Saturday evening with multiple hazards.

Precipitation will start out areas of rain and snow this afternoon. Afternoon snow accumulation in east central Iowa of 1 to 2 inches is possible. As colder air gets pulled south the rain will change over to freezing rain and sleet this evening into Saturday morning with significant ice and sleet accumulations possible for parts of the area. The ice and sleet will change over to all snow from northwest to southeast late tonight. Additional snow will fall Saturday afternoon and evening, with several inches area wide falling then. This winter mess will be combining with strong north winds which will be bring blowing snow to some areas,
and could cause tree and power line damage in other areas.


* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 2 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of around two tenths of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. The heaviest snow amounts will be north of Interstate 80.

* WHERE…Portions of northeast Missouri, east central and southeast Iowa and northwest Illinois.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to midnight CST Saturday night.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Tree and power line damage may occur as strong north winds combine with ice accumulations.

Instructions: If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. In Illinois, go to for road conditions. In Iowa, call 511 for road conditions. In Missouri, call 800-222-6400 for road conditions.
Target Area:
Jo Daviess
Rock Island

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