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Winter weather advisory canceled

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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Greg Czaja shovels his driveway before work Friday morning in McHenry. Between 3 and 4 inches of snow blanketed the Chicago area overnight.

The National Weather Service has canceled a winter weather advisory scheduled to expire at 6 p.m. for much of the Chicago area. 

A chance of light snow and drizzle is possible this afternoon, according to the weather service. Between 3 and 4 inches of snow fell throughout the county overnight. Snow continued to fall this morning, tapering off around 1 p.m.

County crews started work 10 p.m. Thursday night.

Workers were split into two groups, with the 10 p.m. shift working until 2 a.m. Friday, and the 4 a.m.  shift scheduled to work until 8 p.m. today.

"The roads are in great condition," said Mark DeVries, maintenance supervisor for the McHenry County Division of Transportation. "Everything isn't perfect, but the roadways are in pretty good shape."

Snow began to fall between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Woodstock appears to have gotten the worst of the winter storm, with 5 inches of snow being recorded as of 5:45 a.m., according to the weather service. Most areas received 3 to 4 inches of snowfall.

The impending snow prompted officials from District 300 to cancel Friday classes.

Each District 300 principal will send a separate message before noon today telling parents whether afternoon practices, performances and competitions will be canceled.

For more information, visit www.d300.org.

Today’s forecast calls for a high of around 33 degrees with some breezy easterly winds in the morning with gusts of between 20 to 25 mph in some places, Deubelbeiss said. Those winds are expected to shift south as the low-pressure system heads north toward Wisconsin.

Those 10 to 15 mph southwesterly winds will help temperatures hover around freezing. Winds are expected to die down this afternoon.

Saturday's forecast is calling for a 20 percent chance of precipitation, mostly cloudy skies and a high of 28 degrees. Sunday's high could be 34 degrees.

— Lawerence Synett

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CARPENTERSVILLE – The impending snow storm is already impacting schools tomorrow.

District 300 schools, including Jacobs High School, will be closed tomorrow.

Each District 300 principal will send a separate message before noon tomorrow telling parents whether or not tomorrow's after-school practices, performances and competitions will be canceled, Superintendent Michael Bregy said in a statement on the district's website.

McHenry County is under a winter weather advisory tonight until 6 p.m. tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow was expected to begin falling at 9 p.m., but by 10 p.m. not a flake had dropped. Snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches of accumulation are possible, according to the weather service. The snow could fall at a rate of an inch an hour during the height of the overnight storm.

Precipitation is expected to change into a wet, wintry mix with light freezing tomorrow morning. The heavy wet snow could make shoveling difficutl.

Wind gusts up to 30 mph will make for whipped snow and reduced driving visibilities.

The Northwest Herald will update other school and event closings periodicially.

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