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WNIJ's summary of news items around our state.

Region Braces For Heavy Snow

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through mid-day Saturday. Snow, heavy at times, and blowing snow are predicted. Totals of from 3-7" south of I-88 and 4-9" north of I-88 are forecast, with higher totals possible in some locations. In addition, there will be drifting from blowing snow.  The Weather Service says driving conditions will be hazardous. Localities are activating snow emergencies limiting travel and parking as well. 

A number of schools and organizations are canceling activities:

DeKalb Park District: adult soccer games are canceled Friday night. Decision on youth games will be made between 7 and 8 Saturday morning.

Rockford Park District's UW Health Sports Factory: evening programs canceled, facility closes at 5.

Rockford Park District's Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two: closes at 9:30 pm.

Rockford Public Schools - canceled all after-school activities

Belvidere Park District - canceling all athletic programs, leagues and lessons for Saturday

Freeport YMCA - weekend activities canceled through Sunday, including athletic activities 

Rockford YMCA - closing early at 8:00 P.M.

Rockford YMCA Kids' Program - canceled for Friday

Winnebago Public Library - closed through Saturday

Aquin Catholic Schools - Friday activities canceled

Durand Schools - Friday Boys Basetball game canceled

Forrestville Schools - Friday and Saturday activities canceled

Janesville Schools - Friday activities canceled

North Boone Schools - Friday activities canceled

Pearl City Schools - Friday Girls Basketball game, other activities canceled

Winnebago School District #323 - Friday activities and athletic activities canceled

Rock River Valley YMCA - no after school activities

Belvidere YMCA - Teen Night canceled

Children's Safe Harbor - closed for supervised visits and safe child exchange

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful - waste recycling program closed until Tuesday

Rockford Household Hazardous Waste Collection - closed through Sunday

Gigi's Playhouse Rockford - Friday Friends canceled

Kaneland Schools - closing early at 4:00 P.M, opening late Saturday at 4:00 p.M.