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Inch of snowfall by noon possible

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 9:46 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 1:04 p.m. CDT
A Woodstock public works truck salts North Hampton Street Tuesday after a brief snowfall left the roadways covered with a mix of snow and ice. Kyle Grillot -

CRYSTAL LAKE – A small snow burst could drop an inch of snow in roughly an hour in some areas of McHenry County before noon.

David Beachler, with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, said McHenry County would see intense snowfall from a system that affected the morning commute near Rockford and has since moved east.

While accumulation is likely, he said the timing of the snow is good as it should finish by noon and create little to no problems for the afternoon commute.

"It's timed really well with most folks off the road," Beachler said. "We expected some light snow showers in the evening but nothing that will accumulate."

Beachler did encourage those commuting before noon to be aware of strong wind gusts that could reach 45 miles per hour. With the snowfall, the gusts could create visibility issues and drifting on roads.

There is a chance of snow throughout the week with the highest probability coming Wednesday night at 40 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

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