CRYSTAL LAKE – Second-grade student Derek Taylor told his mother Wednesday he wanted a day off from school to sleep in, to wake up to snow – and then go sledding with his dad.
That’s what he got Friday.
“She told me I should ask for $1 million now,” Derek said, noting his luck.
The National Weather Service estimated the McHenry County area had received about 6 inches of snow as of 8 a.m. Friday. School districts 12, 124, 15, 155, 157, 158, 165, 19, 2, 26, 36, 37 and 47, among others, decided to close Friday because of the snow.
Woodstock’s snowfall total reached 6 inches about 6:20 a.m., and Harvard was right at 6 inches about the same time, according to the service.
Heading into the weekend, McHenry County residents can expect another 2 to 4 inches of snow to pepper the area Saturday and Sunday, meteorologist Gino Izzi said. The temperature will hover about 20 degrees during the day and fall into the teens at night.
Roads throughout northern Illinois were extremely slick Friday morning, as snow continued to accumulate on top of the precipitation from overnight. Ramps especially were slippery.
“Before getting behind the wheel, please ask yourself if your trip is really necessary,” Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in a statement. “Consider taking public transportation or postponing your trip. If you must drive, be prepared to add plenty of extra time in your schedule.
Public works officials throughout the county have been working to keep the roads clear for drivers.
Woodstock’s snowplows hit the streets at 9 p.m. Thursday, Assistant Director of Public Works Tom Migatz said.
“The roads are looking really well, I believe,” Migatz said. “The crews have done a great job in getting things taken care of.”
The McHenry County Department of Transportation hit a rough patch clearing the roads overnight, but brought out a full team of snowplow drivers to catch up early Friday morning, MCDOT President Ed Markison said.
“For the most part, [the roads] are in pretty good shape. Our biggest battle right now is contesting with Mother Nature blow-drying herself,” Markison said Friday. “By nightfall, the winds will be down, and we’ll be able to send [the drivers] home.”
Friday’s snowstorm led many McHenry County families outdoors to enjoy the winter spectacle.
Derek’s dad, Brian Taylor, took advantage of an optional day off, and the two joined more than 100 others at Veteran Acres Park for a day of sledding on more than 6 inches of fresh powder.
“It was either this, or drive about four hours into work,” Brian Taylor, an electrician, said as Derek made his way back up the hill.
It was Derek’s first real snow day where he could go all-out with his dad. The pair passed on Indian Prairie Park near their home to take on the steepness and length of the hill at Veteran Acres.
“We usually go to Indian Prairie, but he’s become more of a daredevil now,” Brian Taylor said. “This is going to be his spot from now on.”