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Frigid temps set in, more snow expected Tuesday night

Published: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 12:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 11:50 p.m. CDT
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(Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com)
Mark Trebes with the McHenry County Conservation District clears steps leading to Prairie Trail in Algonquin Monday, December 9, 2013 after McHenry County had its first significant measurable snowfall of the winter season. The National Weather Service in Chicago recorded 3.1 inches of snowfall at O’Hare International Airport Sunday and some weather spotters reported more than 4 inches of snow in McHenry and Crystal Lake.

A couple inches of snow could fall Tuesday night into Wednesday after several inches were dropped on McHenry County over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.

The entire fleet of McHenry County snowplows hit the roadways at 10 a.m. Sunday and worked until 10:30 p.m., said Mark DeVries, maintenance superintendent for the McHenry County Division of Transportation. Crews started work again at 3:30 a.m. Monday to clear any trouble spots.

“It was a good first measurable snowfall for us,” DeVries said. “There were a few trouble spots with the wind blowing the light snow, but no big drifts. The conditions were not too difficult to take care of for the first time out.”

The National Weather Service in Chicago recorded 3.1 inches of snowfall at O’Hare International Airport on Sunday. Snowfall at Chicago Rockford International Airport was 2.8 inches.

Across the county, more than 4 inches of snow fell in Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Lakemoor, and 3.5 inches fell in Woodstock, preliminary totals showed. Antioch in Lake County received more than 5 inches.

Frigid temperatures are expected to continue across the area until Friday, with temperatures hovering in the low- to mid-teens. Wind chills will make it feel much colder.

New snow accumulation could reach 1 or 2 inches starting Tuesday after midnight, and there is a 50 percent chance of snow Wednesday, before temps dip again and the wind picks up.

The cold conditions this week have been a significant departure from the mild December weather the Chicago area experienced the previous two Decembers, according to the National Weather Service.

The winter of 2012 to 2013 was marked by a slow start to the snowfall season.

The first measurable snowfall took place last season on Dec. 20. Two-plus inches of snow didn’t fall for the first time last season until February.

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