CRYSTAL LAKE – Frigid temperatures and blistering winds will greet McHenry County residents Monday, a day after the county dodged the latest snow storm to hit the region.
A weekend snowstorm that ended late Sunday morning covered most of the county with three inches of snow, while areas near Rockford and southern Wisconsin saw up to five inches. Forecasts initially predicted that the northwest suburbs could see up to eight inches.
But the subfreezing temperatures expected to follow the storm Monday and Tuesday are the bigger concern, said Andrew Karein, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
“It’s going to be a little light snow [Sunday] night, but the bigger 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.
The snowfall that started Saturday and carried into Sunday didn’t create a spike in emergency calls. Area police and fire departments reported no major weather-related accidents with the latest winter storm.
By Sunday afternoon, McHenry County Sheriff deputies responded to one weather-related accident and assisted five motorists with pulling their cars out of ditches, said Sgt. Porfirio Campos-Cruz.
“It’s not bad outside. It’s drivable,” Campos-Cruz said. “We thought it would be a bigger storm.”
Roadways remained clear into Sunday evening. The lack of wind kept the roads free of snow and ice, Campos-Cruz said.