With a winter storm warning predicting 5 to 10 inches of snow and dangerously cold wind chills Sunday through Tuesday morning, it should be no surprise that the Kane County Sheriff’s Office is advising against unnecessary travel.
The National Weather Service on Saturday issued a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Sunday with a forecast of 5 to 10 inches of snow in Kane and DuPage counties. Complicating already hazardous travel conditions will be 20- to 30-mph winds causing “considerable blowing and drifting snow,” as well as reduced visibility on roadways, mainly on Sunday afternoon and evening.
As if that’s not enough, the National Weather Service cited those same winds, combined with bitter cold temperatures, for issuing a wind chill warning through noon Tuesday for dangerously cold weather. Prolonged wind chills of 30 below zero are forecast.
The most extreme wind chills, the National Weather Service said, will be between late Sunday and Monday afternoon, when the wind will combine with the bitter cold to make temperatures feel as low as -40 to -50 degrees.
Spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said the Kane County Sheriff’s Office is monitoring conditions and is encouraging residents to limit any travel Saturday evening to emergencies only. Officials there anticipate roadways again will become drifted over and impassable. Friday night, Gengler wrote in an email, the sheriff’s office responded to numerous reports of roadways that had become impassable due to drifting, causing several vehicles to become stuck.
“Should conditions be similar or worse tonight, people becoming stuck will need to be prepared to be in their vehicles for an extended period of time before help arrives,” Gengler wrote. “City streets may be in good shape, but as people travel into the western part of the county they should not expect to see similar conditions.
“Sheriff (Pat) Perez is asking that people take this weather warning seriously and to stay home tonight,” he wrote.
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