About a half-foot of snow expected overnight in DeKalb County

January 27, 2019

Hope you’ve dried out those boots and gloves. There’s about to be more shoveling and snow-blowing to do in DeKalb County.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that will run from 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday.

The warning calls for four to seven inches of snow, which could be joined by freezing drizzle at times Monday, according to weather.gov.

The good news is that while the snow falls overnight, the temperature is supposed to spike from the subzero temps we’ve been enduring all the way to a balmy 32 degrees by 9 a.m. That, however, will prompt the freezing precipitation, and the temps will nosedive again around noon, back into the teens by evening. That means that fresh precipitation will quickly becoming very slick, and Monday’s evening commute could be brutal.

Obviously, Monday morning’s commute will be no drive in the park, either, and the NWS advisory says patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, making travel “very difficult.”

Wind will also pick up as the temperatures plummet, and are expected to blow 20 mph out of the northwest from noon on Monday.

Those temperatures are only going to keep diving, with a potentially historic low Wednesday, for which a low of minus-27 degrees is projected. By next weekend, however, highs in the mid-30s are predicted – along with a rainy-snowy mix. 

For those thinking about salting icy surfaces before the fresh snow arrives tonight, Walmart in DeKalb, as well as Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Menards in Sycamore have all sold out of salt.

All the school districts in DeKalb County, except for Hinckley-Big Rock District 429, canceled school Wednesday, while nearly half a foot of a foot was blanketing the county.  

No districts have announced closures for Monday – not yet, at least.

Stick with daily-chronicle.com. This story will be updated this evening, as the storm draws closer.