Snow plow crews and drivers navigate the roads amid constant snowfall

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Snow showers on Saturday caused many of us to avoid the roads as much as possible.

Snow plow drivers, public and private, are working long hours today and tonight. Their best advice, be careful and considerate. “Our season started late… But it’s here now,” says Alberto Lara, owner of Lara’s Lawncare.

This is Lara’s third year working. He has been on the roads since late Saturday morning and expects to work late into the night clearing the 4 to 6 inches of snow from roads and parking lots. “You have people who are going to plow for 18, 19 hours. Maybe even longer. So be mindful of workers who are just trying to get back and forth safely,” Lara says.

Lara advises drivers to be extra careful behind the wheel to ensure their safety and that of passengers. “Slow down in your corners because that’s probably where you can lose control and just watch your speed. If you don’t really need to get out…don’t.

“We’ll just stay inside…Wait for the storm to pass.” Juan Garcia is on his way to see his family on the other side of Rockford. He says it didn’t take long to see the impact of the blizzard on the roads.

“We saw a lot of cars on the side of the road. Lots of accidents man. It’s pretty dangerous out there. Garcia is no stranger to snowy roads. He has lived in the Midwest for 15 years. His journey will take longer, but prevention is better than cure.

“Leaving just a little earlier than planned. Maybe get some winter tires and don’t drive too fast,” says Garcia. “We just drive slowly. We will get there safe and sound. City of Rockford Public Works officials said one of their plows had the plow legs removed due to the constant snowfall.

While private laborers can work more than 12 hours, City of Rockford employees are placed on rotation.

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