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Between 4 and 8 inches of snow expected in DeKalb County this weekend

January 17, 2019

Got errands to run this weekend? Shopping to do? Travel planned in over the next day or two?

In case you missed it, Mother Nature has plans of her own.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Thursday afternoon for McHenry, Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Lee, Ogle and Winnebago counties. The watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning.

Mark Ratzer, meteorologist for National Weather Service out of Chicago, said snowfall in DeKalb County is expected to start between 3 and 6 p.m. Friday and to taper off Saturday afternoon. He said the heaviest snowfall will start Friday evening into Saturday morning.

“We’re looking at snowfall in the 4 to 8 inch range by the time everything is said and done,” Ratzer said.

Ratzer said residents can also expect wind gusts up to 30 mph. He said visibility will likely be less than a mile because of the falling snow Friday night into Saturday morning.

“Of course, some areas in DeKalb County are pretty open, so snow might drift into the roads,” Ratzer said.

Ratzer said those road conditions are expected to have impacts on travel. He said it would be best for residents to try to travel before the thick of the storm starting Friday night.

Temperatures before the snowfall are expected to be in the upper 20s during the day and in the mid-20s at night on Friday, Ratzer said.

“But once the storm pulls away from us, we will see some cold weather coming in,” Ratzer said.

Ratzer said the actual air temperature Sunday is supposed to be in the teens, with wind chill dipping below 0 degrees overnight.

Ratzer said he suggests residents to limit skin exposure during the cold temperatures at the end of the weekend. He said to not forget about furry friends and to make sure there’s a warm, dry shelter for pets so their paws aren’t at risk for freezing.

“It’s probably best to bring them inside if you can,” Ratzer said.