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Snow was drifting over east-west roads Saturday, such as U.S. 6 just west of Ottawa.

Bureau and La Salle County sheriff's departments reported many east-west roads in poor condition after snow stopped falling and wind gusts picked up on Saturday.

U.S. 6 was closed between Princeton and Interstate 180 because of accidents and snowdrifts after 1 p.m. Saturday, and the highway wasn't in much better shape east of Interstate 180. An accident also was reported west of Princeton on U.S. 6, and drifts were a problem on many east-west roads.

A jackknifed semi near the La Salle-Grundy County line at about 1:30 p.m. snarled traffic on Interstate 80, said La Salle County deputy Felecia Rasmussen.

"East-and-west roads we're getting drifts," said Rasmussen.

She said the county was receiving fewer reports of accidents than she'd expected when the day, but the east-west roads in many wide-open areas were getting drifts and were icy. La Salle County was receiving a lot of calls Saturday afternoon about poor conditions on U.S. 6 between Utica and Ottawa, as well as portions of Route 71 northeast of Ottawa.

Putnam and Marshall county sheriff's departments had no serious accidents to report as of 2 p.m. Saturday.

Much of central Bureau County and parts of La Salle County received about 5 inches, while spotters to the south, such in Minonk, reported 2.5 inches.

After Saturday's snow, a National Weather Service snowfall depth map showed 10 inches total on the ground in far southwestern Bureau County, 9 in. in parts of western Bureau County and 7 inches total on the ground in western and southern La Salle County.

Tow truck operators had plenty of business helping motorists and truck drivers. They also had to pull out a snowplow or two, as the plow drivers work to clear the roads that are in the worst condition.

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