Chilling temperatures to last longer than snowfall

By Caryn Rosenberg

Although the problems of Monday’s snowstorm have been alleviated with little problem, NIU still faces a week of cold weather.

Snow fell from 2 p.m. Monday until around midnight Tuesday, resulting in the accumulation of 7.1 inches, said Dean Wysocki, forecaster for the NIU Weather Service.

Interim Director of the Physical Plant John Gardner said NIU groundsworkers faced minimal problems with plowing and removal.

“There was one equipment breakdown at 2 a.m.,” Gardner said. “But generally speaking, it went smoothly.”

DeKalb groundsworkers faced minimal problems, as well.

“All and all, for the amount of snow we got and the quickness it fell, I think everything went smoothly,” DeKalb Street Superintendent John Conlin said.

“I’m very happy,” Conlin said. “We didn’t have any accidents and we didn’t have any major breakdowns.”

Conlin said the snow began thawing early Tuesday, but the plummet in temperatures Tuesday evening presents a new problem.

“After a snowfall, the temperature usually drops gradually enough that it freezes the streets dry,” Conlin said. “Now it is freezing wet.”

Wysocki said Wednesday should be partly cloudy and a high of about 10 degrees, with cold temperatures continuing for the remainder of the week.