The holiday season can be a time to worry about shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping and a never-ending to-do list.
However, the holidays also can be a time to enjoy the beauty of the season with decorated Christmas trees, lighted houses and storefronts, the aroma of hot chocolate and, of course, Santa Claus greeting children as they scurry to meet the jolly old elf.
If you’re looking for a way to bolster your holiday spirit, there’s plenty of seasonal events to enjoy. Here are our top 15 holiday events in the Stateline area:
SOUTH BELOIT -- Snow is expected to begin between 5 p.m. and 7p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 and continuing through the day Saturday. The highest snow totals are expected to be along the Wisconsin-Illinois border in the South Beloit, Roscoe, Sharon, Genoa City areas.
Four to six inches total are expected, although high temperatures are expected to rise back to 40 degrees by Monday.
Windy conditions will ease overnight Thursday as a low pressure system to the north moves off to the northeast, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin.
It will be mostly quiet but cold during the day Friday.
Then, a fast moving low pressure system will move into the region, which should bring our first accumulating snow of the season Friday night into Saturday.
There is still some uncertainty with the eventual track of the low pressure system, which would influence the final snowfall totals, so keep up with the latest forecasts.
Currently, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from an Iowa county to Milwaukee county line and points south. Four to eight or more inches of snow are possible in the watch area.
The highest snowfall amounts should fall along the WI/IL border. Stay tuned to the latest forecast as amounts may change.
BELOIT — Police have stepped up traffic enforcement in school zones following an increasing number of complaints.
Two officers were assigned to Todd Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 to encourage compliance with parking rules and to prevent parents from blocking driveways, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
JANESVILLE -- Illinois and Wisconsin are two of 25 states that have announced they will halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
However it is unclear if states can keep refugees out once they are allowed to enter the United States.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- A former General Motors worker and commercial driver, Dave Lotharius is approaching his 25th year as a chimney sweep.
He started out by working on the chimney crew of a friend and now runs his own business, Able Dave’s Chimney Services, with help on occasion from his wife, Dawn.