The National Weather Service is urging people to take caution on the roads this weekend as more hazardous conditions, including cold, snowy weather, are in store for McHenry County and surrounding areas.
Todd Kluber, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there could be precipitation beginning about 2 p.m. Friday, although it will probably be closer to about
4 p.m. when more steady snow begins, with it really starting to increase about 6 p.m.
During the evening hours, Kluber said, there could be a half-inch to up to an inch of snow falling an hour. Kluber said that it did look like it would snow throughout the night.
The forecast called for about 3 to 5 inches to fall into Saturday morning.
Although Kluber doesn’t expect much accumulation during the mid-to-late morning on Saturday, there is a pretty good chance of scattered snow showers into the early Saturday evening.
By 6 or 7 p.m., temperatures will drop into the mid-teens, and winds will begin increasing, with gusts of 40 mph, Kluber said.
This will lead into a cold-air mass with high temperatures Sunday of only about 10 or 11 degrees.
Compared with last week, when there was warmer air to contend with, that led to rain mixed with snow, this weekend’s system is starting off much colder, Kluber said.
“If anybody has to be traveling during that Friday evening into Saturday morning, use caution,” he said. “If plans could be delayed, delay them.”
Sunday and Monday morning’s wind chills are going to be the coldest, said Jake Petr, another meteorologist with the National Weather Service. With those wind chills the temperature will feel like minus 10 to minus 15 degrees. Temperatures will drop to about zero by midnight Saturday, he said.
Garett Besterfeldt, a cashier at Ziegler’s Ace Hardware in Crystal Lake, at 435 S Main St., said for the past two weeks he has sold an “abnormally high” amount of shovels and road salt because of the wintry weather. He said they’ve received spurts of customers between storm warnings.
On Thursday afternoon, he said he sold about seven shovels and five bags of salt.
“Any time there’s been a big scare about snow coming in, we usually get an influx of people getting salt and shovels,” Besterfeldt said. “So during the winter season, we usually sell a fair amount.”