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Wintry mix causes slick roads, minor accidents

Published: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 8:42 a.m. CDT

A Sunday ice storm brought slick roads throughout McHenry County, which was under a freezing rain advisory throughout much of the day.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office reported there were at least two minor vehicle accidents because of the road conditions Sunday afternoon.

Several municipalities prepared for icy road conditions beginning about noon. The city of Woodstock dispatched salt trucks to treat slick conditions. The county sheriff’s office said several townships, include Nunda Township, also had salt trucks circulating on the roads.

“We had a mix of very little snow that turned into sleet and transitioned over to mainly freezing rain,” Mike Bardou, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said late Sunday afternoon. “The bulk of that is starting to exit the northwest part of the metro area.”

Late Sunday afternoon, a scatter of freezing rain showers lingered throughout the area.

Air temperatures were expected to rise above freezing by Sunday evening. However, because soil and pavement temperatures could remain below freezing, the precipitation was expected to freeze on contact and result in ice and dangerous travel conditions on untreated roadways and walkways, according to the weather service.

On Sunday, the weather service received reports of icing accumulation reaching two-tenths of an inch.

There is a chance of thunderstorms for tonight and Tuesday. The weather service predicts some of the thunderstorms could be strong or even severe. In addition, heavy rainfall is possible for Tuesday, which could result in some flooding, according to the weather service.

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