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Winter storm shows mercy on county

Snowfall totals fewer inches than expected

Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 3:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 12:11 a.m. CDT
(Sarah Nader – snader@shawmedia.com)
Howard Silverblatt uses a snow blower to clear his driveway Saturday at his McHenry home after about 3 inches of snow. A winter storm warning that was expected to be in effect until 6 p.m. was canceled at 11:15 a.m Saturday. The National Weather Service said it had a report of 3.1 inches of snow about 11 a.m. in Bull Valley with the possibility of an additional inch to fall during the afternoon hours.

A winter storm that initially was expected to bring up to 10 inches of snow took it easy on McHenry County.

The National Weather Service had reports of 2.5 to 3.1 inches of snow Saturday in the county.

A winter storm warning that was expected to be in effect until 6 p.m. was canceled at 11:15 a.m., said Meteorologist Gino Izzi.

The winter storm, which was expected to bring heavy snow at times, went further south than what forecasters originally predicted, Izzi said.

Earlier in the week, there were predictions for the storm to dump 10 inches of snow in some parts of the county. As the storm came closer to the area, the weather service adjusted its forecast to 3 to 5 inches of snow.

“It definitely underperformed a little bit,” Izzi said.

In anticipation of very bad conditions, a handful of high schools sporting events were postponed throughout the county.

As for future forecasts, Sunday and Monday look to be sunny with high temperatures in the teens.

But the snow is expected to return Tuesday as there is a 70 percent chance of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

A storm system is expected to move across the Ohio Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday and may produce accumulating snow across the area, the weather service said.

The winter weather has forced municipalities to use up their road salt supplies and look to purchase more.

On Tuesday, the Cary Village Board is scheduled to vote on whether to authorize its staff to purchase up to $50,000 more worth of salt. The village has already spent about $104,000 for slightly more than 1,900 tons of road salt, according to village documents.

Cary has 600 to 700 tons of salt in storage and 300 tons on order. However, with five to six more weeks of potential winter weather remaining, village staff asked for the ability to purchase more salt if needed, documents say.

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