After a relatively snow-free first half of winter, Mother Nature came roaring back to Ogle County last weekend, dropping around 10 inches of fluffy white stuff in three storms.
The first round came Thursday evening when flurries that began in the morning became serious snowfall just after suppertime.
The steady and sometimes heavy snow continued overnight and slickened area roads for the Friday morning commute.
Sheriff Brian VanVickle said deputies dealt with numerous vehicles in the ditch and a few crashes all across the county.
“It was nothing unusual for this time of year, just a normal northern Illinois winter that we haven’t seen in a while,” he said, referring to last year’s unusually mild and almost snowless winter.
The snow tapered off Friday morning leaving about six inches on the ground.
Rounds 2 and 3 kicked in Friday night into Saturday morning and again Saturday night into Sunday midday leaving around two inches more from each.
The storms bring the area’s snowfall up to normal for this time of year, easing the dry conditions that began last fall.
Flooding concerns remain for the week, however, as the Rock River at Byron edges toward 11 feet due to ice jams.
The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the river Tuesday morning, warning residents that the water levels could fluctuate with little or no warning.
The action stage at Byron is 10 feet, and flood stage is 13 feet.