The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Rock County in effect from 6 p.m. today until 6 p.m. Friday, with snowfall totals up to 9 inches by Friday morning.
A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to move along the state line bringing 4 to 7 inches of snow to the area. Another 1 to 2 inches may be added Friday morning.
The Rock County Sheriff's office urges people to be aware of potential hazardous traveling conditions and prepare for emergency situations such as being stranded in the snow. Officials say drive slowly and prepare for emergencies by putting blankets, a flashlight and a shovel in your vehicle.
City of Beloit Interim Director of Operations and Parks Jodi Saunders said the city would monitor the forecast and declare a snow emergency as needed. She said the city didn't expect to call a snow emergency Thursday or Friday, but she noted that could change following meetings with local and county emergency management officials Thursday morning.
"We will be concentrating on the main thoroughfares until the vast majority of the snow is through our area," Saunders said.
The director said crews would work to remove snow from residential areas later on Friday and into the weekend as accumulation totals taper off. During the bulk of the snow, Saunders said crews would work around the clock to remove snow from major arteries.
"Right now it appears we are going to get a significant amount of snow from Thursday night to Friday night," Saunders said. "We have to wait and see, but it seems like we will be having a full plow on Saturday."
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The Town of Beloit has declared a snow emergency effective from 3 p.m. today until 8 a.m. Saturday. Residents are asked to not park vehicles on streets in the township during the snow emergency so snow plows can clear streets of snow.
Today, high temperatures will be around 20 degrees and lows tonight will be around 18 degrees. Snow is expected to begin falling in the late afternoon or early evening.
Friday, light snow is expected in the morning, bringing another 1 to 2 inches, bringing the snowfall total to 6 to 9 inches. High temperatures will be in the 20s and lows will be around 3 degrees.
Saturday, there is a 20 percent chance of snow. High temperatures will be around 18 degrees and lows will be around 4 degrees.
Sunday's high temperature will be around 20 and the low will be around 1 degree.
High temperatures will be in the mid 20s for Monday.
The winter storm watch includes the Stateline Area and extends into Chicagoland and northwest Indiana.