ROCKFORD — Schools and courts were closed and crews cleared roads on Monday after a snowstorm blanketed the area Sunday, setting records in Rockford.
The 11.7 inches that fell amounted to the snowiest November day on record in the city, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record was 6.6 inches on Nov. 27, 1995.
And the 15.6 inches that fell in November in Rockford was the highest total for the month. The previous record was 14.8 inches in 1947.
Even so, the Forest City wasn't the hardest-hit place in the region, weather service meteorologist Kevin Donofrio said. Pecatonica recorded 13.5 inches, and Mount Morris received 12.5 inches.
The heavy, wet snow made cleanup an exhausting chore for both residents and city crews. City officials said plowing took longer than normal because of the amount and weight of the snow.
"Truly this was a very difficult storm for us," Mark Stockman, the city's director of public works, told aldermen Monday night.
Stockman said contractors plowing snow would halt operations around 8 p.m. Monday in order to get much-needed rest. Plowing and salting picks back up at 7 a.m. Tuesday. The city used about 2,000 tons of salt on roadways during the first 24 hours of the operation, "which is not unusual for a storm of this magnitude," Stockman said.
So will more snow fall? There's a 40 percent chance for snow Thursday afternoon and evening. "Kind of light. Nothing like this," Donofrio said.
In Boone County, Illinois Route 173 was impassable between Capron and Poplar Grove for a short time around 7 a.m. Monday as three or four cars became stuck in drifting snow on the road, said Trisha Thompson, operating engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation.
To keep traffic flowing in downtown Belvidere, crews pushed snow to the center of State Street, said Brent Anderson, director of public works. It will be removed within a day.
Garbage pickup in Rockford was canceled Monday, and pickup will be one day later than usual for the rest of the week.
Courts in Boone and Winnebago counties were closed, along with public and private schools.
At Belvidere Park, Trent Vanderwaal and his children went sledding.
"I'm cold," said Landon, 8.
"My hands and feet are cold," said Maxx, 5.
"Well, at least it's better than work and school, right?" Vanderwaal said.
Correspondent Susan Moran and staff writer Kevin Haas contributed to this story.
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