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McHenry County dodges worst of snow storm

Published: Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 7:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 3:30 p.m. CDT
Hailey Bullamore sleds down a pile of snow while her father, Brett, uses a four wheeler to plow his driveway Sunday morning, in Johnsburg. McHenry County received between 3-6 inches of snow starting last night and into the morning. Ian Maule - For Shaw Media

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County dodged the latest snow storm to hit the area, with most of the overnight snowfall landing north of the border in Wisconsin.

Most of the county saw about three inches of snow, which began to fall around 8 p.m. on Saturday and lasted until late Sunday morning, said Andrew Karein, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Areas near Rockford and southern Wisconsin saw up to five inches of snow.

Light snowfall in the area is again expected to start Sunday evening, but the subfreezing temperatures that should follow on Monday and Tuesday are the bigger concern, Karein said.

"It's going to be a little light snow tonight, but the bigger weather weather impact will be the colder temperatures," Karein said.

By Monday morning, area residents can expect to feel temperatures in the low teens, with the wind chill dropping temperatures to five below zero. By Tuesday, temperatures should only reach the upper single digits, with a wind chill of 20 below zero.

Area police and fire departments have reported no major weather-related calls with the snowfall that began Saturday evening.

Sheriff deputies responded to one weather-related accident Sunday and assisted five motorists with pulling their cars out of ditches, said Sgt. Porfirio Campos-Cruz. The roads throughout the county are clear, he said.

"We thought it would be a bigger storm, but fortunately for the time being, the roads are clear," Campos-Cruz said.

Deputies will continue to examine the road conditions into the evening, but the lack of wind so far has kept the roads free of snow and ice, Campos-Cruz said.

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