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Winter weather causing traffic problems across McHenry County

Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 8:47 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 8:22 a.m. CST

Ice-covered roads and drifting snow are causing traffic problems across McHenry County this morning.

The McHenry County Sheriff's office responded to numerous motorist assists as of 8 a.m., as drifting snow and difficult road conditions have been reported throughout the county.

Most of the calls are for vehicles in the ditch, and the sheriff's office is not aware of any accidents that have sent people to the hospital.

Whiteout conditions, black ice and large drifts swept through McHenry County Sunday night, causing little to no visibility along some roadways, according to an alert from the sheriff's office.

Last night, reports of accidents and sliding vehicles intensified along the western, rural part of the county where visibility is zero, according to the sheriff's office. Strong winds and open spaces are causing extreme drifts.

The Marengo Fire Protection District responded to two stranded snowmobilers last night, according to Fire Chief Bob Bradbury. The snowmobiles were east of Marengo between Dunham Road and Prospect Street. One snowmobile was struck and the other couldn't start, Bradbury said. The two were lost and called the Marengo Police Department for help.

Fire fighters found the snowmobilers in 30 to 45 minutes, Bradbury said. Neither person needed medical treatment.

With temperatures dropping throughout the day and high winds expected into Wednesday, residents are discouraged from driving, if at all possible.

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