Roads across McHenry County are slippery and covered in snow Tuesday during the season’s first measurable snowfall.
Snow began falling late Tuesday morning across McHenry County, with the heaviest snow expected to fall during the afternoon hours. By 1 p.m., area roads already were seeing the effects of the snow.
Moderate to heavy snowfall continues this afternoon. Heaviest snowfall amounts will continue through 3 PM this afternoon with snow gradually ending through mid-evening. Be cautious on the roads and be sure to increase distance between you and other vehicles. #ilwx #INwx pic.twitter.com/iK4DDpsXoc
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) December 28, 2021
McHenry County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Matusek said deputies had responded to several traffic incidents related to the snowy conditions including crashes and motorist assists.
Matusek said drivers should slow down on snow-covered roads and allow extra time to reach their destination. They also should make sure they are driving with their headlights on, have their car cleared of snow before leaving, and leave distance between themselves and the car in front of them.
A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday for McHenry County for slick roads and between 1 and 3 inches of snowfall.
Northern Illinois broke a record this month by not having seen any snowfall this late in the season. It was first time in 10 years that the area went without a first snow this late in the year, and broke a record held since 2012, the weather service said last week.
The record for the latest first measured snowfall of the season was Dec. 20, 2012, according to the National Weather Service. This season also marks the latest measurable snowfall the area has seen since the National Weather Service began recording such events in 1909.
The average first snowfall of the season occurs Nov. 18, making the area more than a month overdue for measurable snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Source: The Daily Chronicle