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McHenry County may experience midwinter style cold well into March

"Measurable snow" likely this weekend

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:38 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:34 p.m. CST
(Kyle Grillot -
Algonquin Public Works employees Brad McFeggan and Frank Sedivy work to clear drains along Harrison Street Thursday, February 20, 2014. With snow expected to hit McHenry County again this weekend, many residents are likely wondering if this winter will ever end.

With snow expected to hit McHenry County again this weekend, many residents are likely wondering if this winter will ever end.

And according to AccuWeather meteorologists, signs of spring aren't coming anytime soon.

AccuWeather predicts that the area may see mid-winter style cold last until the third week of March. And after a brief warm up, temperatures are expected to dip again.

"I think in the middle part of March, around the 16th to the 23rd, days will be at or above average," AccuWeather Meteorologist Mark Paquette said. "I could see you guys reaching [50 degrees] or exceeding that. But then around the 24th temperatures may go back below normal."

The average high for this time of year is 39 degrees with a low of 24. At the end of March the average high is 53 degrees, a mark that we are not likely to hit, Paquette said.

"The overall trend through [March] will be far more cold days than normal days," he said. "Never mind mild."

One factor contributing to the extended winter season is the ice-covered Great Lakes, Paquette said. With nearly 90 percent of the Great Lakes covered with ice, the air coming of the water will remain frigid for some time.

"[Ice on the lakes] does play a role," he said. "It affects you less than areas downstream from them, like Michigan, northern Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But when you get that immediate wind from the lake, it has a chilling effect."

As for this weekend, the National Weather Service is predicting "measurable snow" beginning Friday night and continuing through Sunday. But with the path and strength of the storm still uncertain, exact snowfall amounts could not be predicted, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley.

"Friday we are looking at under an inch," she said. "For Saturday evening and Sunday night, the storm track is is incomplete. It remains to be seen (how much snow we will get). It all depends on the tracks."

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