Monday, December 17, 2012
A storm system may dump 6 to 12 inches of snow on the Midwest this Thursday, reports indicate.
It's time to get those shovels ready. Our snow-less streak is expected to end Thursday with a storm that could drop six to 12 inches of snow on the Midwest, according to the Chicago Tribune. It's unclear at this point which areas will see the most snow but the story indicates that "current models suggest the heaviest snowfall will land to the west of Chicago, from northern Missouri through eastern Iowa and up into Wisconsin." Experts are predicting anywhere from one to "several" inches. Chicago has an 80 percent chance of flurries—especially after 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Snow could continue into the night and temperatures may dip as low as 24 degrees. The Tribune reports: Depending on the storm's path, Chicago …
Friday, March 18, 2011
The historic snowstorm hit Jan.31 and paralyzed the entire region with 17 to 20 inches of snow in some areas.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Lake in the Hills, like other McHenry County municipalities, are now eligible for federal disaster aid to cover the costs of a massive blizzard that hit the area earlier this year, according to a press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funding is “available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the snowstorm,” according to the FEMA release. McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Lake and Cook counties are all eligible. Assistance is available on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance, for a continuous 72-hour period in McHenry County, authorities said…
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Districts 155, 158, 300 and 47 have all canceled classes for Wednesday and Thursday.
The following schools or businesses are closing, not offering services or closing early because of the snowstorm: For more information on area closings and delays, visit the Emergency Closing Center website.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
LITH Patch road along with McHenry County snowplow driver Don Downing.
Don Downing has been working as a snowplow driver for McHenry County's Division of Transportation for six years. LITH Patch rode along with Downing during one of his routes in McHenry County Tuesday afternoon--before the brunt of the storm took hold. Mid-afternoon Tuesday, blowing snow had already started to cause problems and made the roadways difficult to navigate. “The issue with the blowing snow is obviously the visibility. There is zero or limited visibility at times,” Downing said. “We just need to keep plowing and scraping and plowing and keep the roads passable, which is basically what we are trying to accomplish. “Sometimes it gets a little exciting out here,” he said. He said his job during extreme blizzard conditions was to …
The LITH Police Department has responded to over a dozen stranded motorists during the storm.
Officials have no clear idea when roads will be safe to drive on as of Wednesday morning. McHenry County’s Division of Transportation crews have been out in full force throughout the storm, said Mark DeVries, maintenance supervisor for the Division of Transportation. But it’s been tough to keep up. Blizzard-like conditions and blowing snow continues to cause high drifts making it difficult to keep roads clear. “So many of these roads, you might get it clear and then it drifts shut,” DeVries said. And multiple stranded vehicles left on roads throughout the county are adding to plow crews' woes, DeVries said. “There is not a whole lot we can do about it,” he said. “You can’t believe how many are stuck out there, in the ditches, and some are…
Between 500 and 3,000 customers are without power in ComEd’s Crystal Lake region.
Between 500 and 3,000 customers are without power in ComEd’s Crystal Lake region, which includes Algonquin, LITH, Cary, Crystal Lake and Huntley as a blizzard and high winds pound the area. Some areas such as North Chicago and South Chicago are reporting more than 10,000 homes without power. For a complete picture of storm-related power outages, visit the ComEd outage map. ComEd is calling in extra crews for emergency repairs and increasing staffing at the customer care centers. “High winds and snow build-up can cause extensive damage to the power lines. While we can’t prevent outages during such intense weather, our crews are mobilized and prepared to work around the clock to restore power as safely and quickly as possible,” Anne …
The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is advising motorists not to drive.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The blizzard of 2011 is still going strong. So far, 17 inches of snow has fallen in the region, according to preliminary numbers, and that number is expected to rise. The National Weather Service’s blizzard warning continues and snow is expected to fall until later this morning, creating a dangerous situation. NWS is reporting winds of 25 mph to 35 mph with gusts over 50 mph in some areas. McHenry County Sheriff’s Office continued urging residents early this morning not to travel because roads are impassable, authorities said. Roads in western Kane County are closed for travel, Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy Pat Gengler said early Wednesday. “At this time, (plow trucks) are not able to run and tow trucks are also not functioning,” he said in…
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The village will move pick-up dates back by one day.
Trash collection in the village of Lake in the Hills will be postponed by one day this week due to the blizzard conditions forecasted for the area, according to a village press release. For those whose trash is typically picked up on Wednesday, it will be collected on Thursday this week; Thursday collections will be picked up on Friday; and Friday collection will be picked up on Saturday, according to the release. The village urges residents to place trash cans at the end of their driveways and not in the roadway where they might be hit by plow trucks, according to the release.
Blizzard conditions could make driving conditions treacherous this afternoon and throughout the night.
A blizzard warning will be in affect from 3 p.m. today until 3 p.m. Wednesday for McHenry County and most of the Chicago area. A massive snowstorm could produce up to 20 inches of snow in some areas, bring up to 50 mph winds, thunderstorms and make driving conditions nearly impossible, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago. The heavy snow, the National Weather Service predicts, could come in two phases. The first wave could come late this afternoon into early this evening. The second wave would come later in the evening and overnight. Between 10 and 18 inches of snow is expected closer to Rockford and 12 to 20 inches in the Chicago metro area. Heavy winds are also expected. From 40 to 60 mph winds is predicted, which will …
Monday, January 31, 2011
Gusting winds expected to exacerbate conditions during snowstorm, making travel nearly impossible.
A winter blizzard is heading this way and it could compare to the worst storms in recent history, including those in January 1967 and January 1999. “We’re going to be measuring total snowfall in feet,” said Ed Fenelon, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Chicago office. The worse conditions are expected from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m., Wednesday, he said. “Snowfall will be heavy and at times visibility will be less than 100 feet. We’re expecting 2 to 3 inches per hour at the height of the storm. That rate is tremendous,” Fenelon said. The quickly accumulating snow will make it difficult for snowplows to keep up with the storm. High winds are expected to exacerbate the problem conditions. “Winds could be gusting at 40 miles per…