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County slips by in season’s first storm

The first snowfall of winter packed far less punch in McHenry County than forecasters predicted, but high winds and low temperatures caused a few problems.

The county expected 4 to 6 inches of snow Thursday evening into Friday morning. But with temperatures hovering around freezing, there was no large accumulation on the ground, said Kevin Brink, meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

Nonetheless, the snowfall ended an official snowless streak that reached 290 days.

The storm that blasted parts of Iowa and southern Wisconsin diminished more than expected as it entered Illinois.

Early snowfall totals included less than an inch in Woodstock and more than an inch in Rockford, according to the weather service. Midway and O’Hare international airports received 0.2 and 0.3 inches of snow, respectively.

Neither airport reported significant delays early Friday. Thursday afternoon airlines canceled about 1,000 flights.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office reported no major, storm-related accidents. However, there were reports of vehicles in ditches and accidents on Route 20 from Marengo to Hampshire because of icy conditions.

About 700 customers in ComEd’s north region were without power Friday morning, a company spokesman said. In all, about 11,000 households were without power – 8,600 in the west region, 1,200 in the south region and 300 in the Chicago region, the utility reported.

ComEd said it had restored power to more than 90,000 customers since the storm began.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the low to mid-30s throughout the weekend, with a 20 percent chance of snow again Monday.

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