McHenry

Blizzard Warning, Winter Storm Warning:

Issued at: 4:08 am CST on February 1, 2015, expires at: 2:00 PM CST on February 01, 2015
  • ...Winter Storm Warning now in effect until 2 PM CST this afternoon... ...Blizzard Warning in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to midnight CST tonight... The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Blizzard Warning...which is in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to midnight CST tonight. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 2 PM CST.
  • Timing...snow...heavy at times...will continue until early evening. Blizzard conditions will develop late this afternoon and continue this evening...especially near the lake and in more open areas.
  • Winds/visibility...northeast winds will increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph this afternoon...with even stronger winds near the lake. The combination of falling and blowing snow will frequently reduce visibilities to near zero in white out conditions late this afternoon and evening.
  • Snow accumulations...10 to 15 inches...with isolated totals up to 18 inches possible.
  • Main impact...snow covered roads will make travel difficult. By afternoon...the combination of the snow and very strong winds will make travel extraordinarily dangerous. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight... food...and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel...have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded...stay with your vehicle.

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