McHenry County hit with 2nd significant snowfall in 1 week; up to 6 inches possible

Winter weather advisory for McHenry County in effect through Saturday

Commuters return to their vehicles after exiting the Metra train station Friday in Crystal Lake. Another snowstorm is expected through Saturday morning.
Commuters return to their vehicles after exiting the Metra train station Friday in Crystal Lake. Another snowstorm is expected through Saturday morning.

Rick Garcia of Carpentersville had to pick up a 50-pound bag of salt last week in preparation for a 5-inch snowfall and 50 mph wind gusts that blanketed northeastern Illinois.

With his salt reserves depleted after the winter storm, Garcia visited a Lowe’s in Lake in the Hills on Friday afternoon to pick up another bag of salt and shovel in response to the estimated 6 inches of snow that was slated to fall through Saturday in McHenry County.

Having already bought food, Garcia said he will be ready to hunker down with his family throughout the weekend once he can find a less expensive shovel to buy.

“It’s going to be a Netflix and Hulu weekend,” Garcia said.

Although most of the snow was forecast to fall overnight, McHenry County and a number of other northeastern Illinois counties are under a winter weather advisory – which started at
6 p.m. Friday – until midnight Sunday.

Snow was expected to taper off through Saturday morning and afternoon.

Motorists should expect slick and snow-covered roads. Moderate to heavy snowfall may reduce visibility to less than 1 mile at times, according to the National Weather Service.

A light snowfall of about 1 to 2 inches covered the ground Thursday in McHenry County. Friday saw a rain and snow mix until about 6 p.m.

According to 24-hour snowfall reports from the NWS, Algonquin recorded 2 inches of snow between 5:45 a.m. Thursday and 5:45 a.m. Friday, Hebron had 2.3 inches of snow between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, and Bull Valley received 2.4 inches of snow between 8 a.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. Snowfall reports for other communities were not available Friday.

NWS meteorologist Lee Carlaw in Romeoville said snow was mixing in across southeast Wisconsin on Friday afternoon. By 6:30 p.m., Milwaukee airports were reporting that a light snow had touched down.

Snow started to fall in McHenry County about 7:30 p.m. Friday, depending on one’s location.

Although 3 to 6 inches were estimated for Kane, McHenry and Lake counties, Carlaw said Friday evening that it was unclear which portions of the counties would be hit the hardest.

Carlaw said temperatures were expected to drop to about 32 degrees with the snowfall. Western winds between 5 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as
20 mph, were predicted for Saturday.

Heading into Sunday, Carlaw said no precipitation is forecast. The high should be near 35 degrees with wind gusts as high as 10 mph.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced that as of Friday morning, all gates at the William G. Stratton-Thomas A. Bulger Lock and Dam and Algonquin Dam were open because of an increase in flowing water and temperatures above freezing.

No flood warnings for the Fox River in McHenry County were in effect as of Friday evening.

One thing Garcia said he was concerned about was the plowing.

Garcia said he commutes to Chicago for work, which can be challenging depending on when the streets in his subdivision end up getting plowed.

Representatives of the McHenry County Division of Transportation could not be reached for comment Friday.

The latest road conditions for Illinois can be found online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

The Illinois Tollway advises drivers whose vehicles become disabled should remain in their cars until help arrives, turn on their hazard lights and dial *999 for assistance from the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police. Drivers will be asked to note the road they are on, as well as their direction of travel and the nearest mile marker or crossroad.

For crashes involving property damage only, drivers should report the incident to 630-241-6800, ext. 5042, and continue driving.

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