Storm causes traffic snarls, power outages

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Clint Wolf/Beloit Daily News Workers try to remove a semi trailer that had overturned from the off-ramp at Interstate 43 and Interstate 39/90 Sunday morning. The ramp was closed as crews tried to set the trailer back on its wheels.

BELOIT - The first storm of the winter of 2020 caused some power outages and several traffic accidents in the Stateline Area.

In Rock County, thousands were left in the dark and Alliant Energy reported 2,000 customers were without power due to ice and strong winds on Saturday. Alliant reported that power was restored to the majority of customers by 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Ice accumulation and winds caused about 1,600 residents in the Rockford area to lose power Saturday during the winter storm, according to ComEd power outage maps on the company's website.

The wind was strong enough to blow the giant U.S. flag at Bud Weiser Motors off the flag pole, But a Beloit police officer was able to retrieve it. The flag was dried, folded and returned.

The off-ramp from Interstate 43 to Interstate 39/90 was blocked Sunday as crews tried to set a semi trailer upright after it overturned on Saturday. Also on Saturday, fire crews responded to three additional crashes due to icy roads.

Hamborg Road in the Rockton area was closed for a time on Saturday as crews cleaned up a crash scene. The driver of a car lost control on the icy roadway and collided with a Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department pickup truck, according to the Rockton Fire Department Facebook page.

Harlem-Roscoe also reported a semi truck struck a snow plow due to ice near the intersection of Rockton Road and Willowbrook Road.

According to the National Weather Service, Beloit saw around a third of an inch of ice on Saturday and two inches of snow.

The Stateline Area may be in for another dose of winter with a chance for a rain/snow mix tonight and another chance for snow Friday.

Today will be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 30s and south winds up to 5 mph.

There will be a slight chance of light snow through around midnight tonight, which could change to light rain, possibly mixed with snow after midnight. Little snow accumulation is expected. Lows will be in the lower 30s with south winds at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday will bring a 20% chance of light rain in the morning. Highs will be around 40 with west winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday night's lows will be around 20.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of light snow. Highs will be in the lower 30s.

There is a 20% chance of light snow Wednesday night with lows around 12.

Highs will be in the mid 20s Thursday. There is a 30% chance of light snow after midnight Thursday night with lows around 15.

There is a 70% chance of snow Friday. Snow is expected in the morning and it may turn to a rain/snow mix in the afternoon. Moderate snow accumulation is expected. Highs will be in the mid 30s.

Lows Friday night will be in the lower 20s.

There is a 40% chance of light snow Saturday with highs in the lower 30s.

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