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McHenry County sees first measured snowfall of the season

Parts of McHenry County saw a half-foot of snow Sunday, as the county got its first significant snowfall of the season.

“We’re looking at a total snow accumulation for Sunday in McHenry County to end up in the 3- to 6-inch range,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss said. “And surrounding areas will have similar accumulation, with some maybe getting 9 inches.”

Woodstock and the surrounding area received about 6 inches of snow as of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Drivers slogged through slippery conditions on untreated surfaces across the county Sunday, and at-times heavy snow caused problems with visibility.

Snowfall is not likely to continue with Monday’s high reaching the mid- to upper 30s.

“So because it may get to the mid-30s, there may be a little bit of melting going on Monday,” Deubelbeiss said.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook Sunday evening that warns of an elevated risk of dense, freezing fog before noon Monday.

As for this week’s future forecast, Deubelbeiss said the National Weather Service is anticipating another snow system to come Tuesday, but it may miss McHenry County.

“Right now, looking at it, it looks like there’s a better chance that it will stay south of the area,” Deubelbeiss said. “But there is a slight chance of snow that day still, and the rest of the week doesn’t really look like there’s going to be any snow really.”

Although it’s too early to accurately predict what the upcoming winter will look like, Deubelbeiss said he does have some early thoughts.

“The three-month outlook is calling for equal chances on temperatures,” Deubelbeiss said, “meaning there’s not really a good signal of whether or not this winter will be above or below normal.”

However, the National Weather Service does predict there’s a 40 percent probability that precipitation will be above normal this year.

“Several more snowfalls like this could happen this year as a result,” Deubelbeiss said.

According to the National Weather Service, the earliest first measurable snowfall of the season to take place in Chicago was Oct. 12, 2006, and the latest to take place was Dec. 20, 2012.

“Nov. 20 was our first measured snow last year, so a little behind this year,” Deubelbeiss said.

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