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McDOT: Prepare for slippery commute

Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 3:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 11:25 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The evening commute is expected to be ugly as plow crews work to clean up snow the latest round of precipitation dumped on the area.

McHenry County Department of Transportation Maintenance Superintendent Mark DeVries called the roads "lousy." Though, he said the President's Day holiday was a helpful gift for drivers.

"Any less traffic certainly makes it easier on our staff," DeVries said.

The county's entire 23-truck fleet was out clearing roads on Monday.

"It snowed so hard that the trucks can't keep up with this amount of snow fall," DeVries said.

At 3 p.m. the snow began to fall a bit slower. A winter storm advisory runs through 6 p.m. tonight.

Once the snow stops, this storm should be an easy clean up, DeVries said.

Temperatures hovering around 24 degrees, which means the salt should work quickly.

"The [roads are] snow covered, and slushy, but not ice packed. That's good," he said.

There were reports of sliding cars, crashes and vehicles in ditches heard over the police scanner during the parts of heavy snowfall this afternoon.

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