Rock County communities brace for incoming snowfall

JANESVILLE, Wis – With snow expected late Friday night through Saturday morning, several Rock County communities have declared a snow emergency.

Janesville, Town of Beloit, City of Beloit and Clinton all declared snow emergencies prior to Friday afternoon.

Janesville operations director John Whitcomb says this weekend’s anticipated snowfall isn’t as bad compared to those in recent weeks.

“This event isn’t too bad because of the high temperatures,” he said. “Our main streets, we’re able to keep them in pretty good shape.”

Whitcomb said like any other snow event, drivers should remember to slow down and give plows room. He says during last week’s snow emergency, a driver crashed with a plow while attempting to pass it.

While he says main roads should not be an issue during the storm, Whitcomb says side streets could pose a threat.

“Some of the packed snow from the last storm is starting to loosen up because of the warmer temperatures,” he said.

While Whitcomb and his staff prepare to remove snow, others are embracing the snowfall.

“I think it’s something that’s expected,” said Nicole Yost, Recreation Director for the City of Beloit. On Friday, the city began its three-day “Winterfest” celebration.

“I’m sure there will be some kids out here building snowmen and making snow angels,” she said.

Winterfest features both indoor and outdoor activities throughout the weekend. More information regarding times and locations can be found here.