About 8 inches of snow falls in McHenry County

Temperatures could be back in the 60s by Tuesday

A storm moved through northern Illinois on Sunday resulting in an early spring onslaught of snow and multiple traffic crashes throughout McHenry County.

About 8 inches of snow fell Sunday in McHenry County, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said. The service measured 7.5 inches of snow in Huntley, 8.3 inches of snow in Kane County and about 4.5 inches in parts of Lake County, meteorologist Kevin Birk said.

The snow got lighter in the evening Sunday morning snow was heavy and wet, he said. It’s also not cold enough to keep the snow on the ground for long, Birk said.

A snowstorm this late in the season is rare but not unheard of, he said.

On April 16, 1961, it snowed 5.4 inches in Chicago. On April 18, 1912, it snowed 7 inches in Rockford, he said.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s Monday and could warm up to the 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday, Birk said.

Crashes occurred Sunday throughout McHenry County.

Woodstock Fire/Rescue District handled multiple calls Sunday, including two accidents near the same intersection, said WFRD Capt. Brendan Parker.

A driver was taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital after a single-vehicle crash about 9:45 a.m. just north of the Bull Valley and Valley Hill roads intersection. The vehicle had gone off the road into some trees. Crews had to remove trees to get to the vehicle and remove the driver, Parker said.

A second crash occurred in the 1500 block of South Valley Hill Road, south of Bull Valley Road about 12:30 p.m, Parker said.

A PeaPod delivery truck went off the road and into the trees. The district responded but had trouble getting emergency vehicles to the crash site, Parker said.

“Our vehicles got stuck,” he said. “It’s a very steep hill there, and we couldn’t drive down because the vehicles were just sliding. ... The roads were really bad at that point.”

McHenry Township Fire Protection District assisted at that scene, and took the driver to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, Parker said.

The McHenry Police Department activated its emergency snow plan about 1 p.m. Sunday, according to an alert by the agency.

“If all cars are driveable [after a crash] and there are no injuries, please exchange information with all parties involved and contact the McHenry Police at a later date and time to make a report,” the McHenry Police Department said. “The plows are out but the roads are still slick, please only travel if necessary.” 

The department deactivated the alert about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

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