Christmas Day expected to see small dusting of snow, blustery wind chill

CRYSTAL LAKE – While Christmas Eve brought 1 to 2 inches of snow during the day, Christmas Day is expected to bring a light flurry of snow in the morning and a below-zero wind chill.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ricky Castro said to have a plan while traveling to holiday parties Monday. He said to drive with caution because slippery road conditions and reduced visibility are possible.

“Drivers should leave extra time and drive slower than usual,” Castro said. “Increasing your following distance is also important.”

On Christmas Day, wind chills will be in the single digits, dropping to as low as minus 3 degrees with blustery winds from 15 to 20 mph, Castro said.

There is a chance of flurries and a light snow dusting before 9 a.m. Monday. Temperatures will rise to about 19 by noon and then fall to 12 degrees for the remainder of the day.

Linnea Lohff of Union said she is not a fan of driving in the snow during Christmas Eve, but she is glad it snowed.

“I was happy we got snow, though, because that was a wish of mine,” she said. “You always want a white Christmas, so it’s nice.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation warned drivers to fill their gas tanks in advance, know whether they have anti-lock brakes and wear a seat belt. Officials said to ensure not to use any hand-held devices while driving, don’t use cruise control and only drive if necessary.

Between 1 and 2 inches of snowing hit McHenry County on Sunday, with snowfall stopping about 4 p.m. Less-traveled roads and untreated roads were slick and hazardous, Castro said.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Algonquin area from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Although the snow was light, it did not dissipate because of the low temperature, Castro said.

Crystal Lake Police Sgt. Dan Hulata said conditions were not bad, and no collisions occurred as of 2 p.m. Sunday because the Public Works Department prepared roads properly.

“Our Public Works crews have been out since 6 a.m., and they pretreated the roads in advance, so this was nothing above normal,” Hulata said.

Huntley’s Public Works Department began the village’s snow removal process at 9 a.m. Sunday, and the village of Algonquin sent out 15 trucks to plow local roadways.

Residents were told to report snow and ice removal concerns online at www.algonquin.org/eGov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=3282.

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