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Overnight snow slows morning traffic

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(H. Rick Bamman)
Monday morning traffic crawls on Rt. 31 south of Algonquin. A winter weather advisory remains in effect through noon today, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow-covered roadways have slowed the morning commute after snow blanketed most of the Chicago area overnight.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect through noon today, according to the National Weather Service. Some light snow is still possible across the area into the early afternoon.

Plows from McHenry County hit the roadways at 2 a.m. in an attempt to get ahead of the impending snowfall, said Ed Markison, assistance maintenance superintendent for the county's Division of Transportation.

"Mother Nature didn't play nice with us this morning," Markison said. "Once the snow let up, we were able to get them in halfway decent shape. All the roads are in pretty good shape right now."

As of 6 a.m., approximately 2.9 inches of snow had fallen in Huntley and 3.4 inches in Rockford.

O'Hare International Airport received 2.6 inches through 6 a.m., making it the largest snowfall event this year.

Overall, the McHenry County area received between 3 and 3.5 inches of snow, a spokesman for the weather service said.

Motorists are being urged to allow for extra time to reach their destinations due to the conditions.

— Lawerence Synett

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