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Upward of 10 inches of snow dumped on county

Two snowplows clear snow tandem down WashingtStreet Waukegan during heavy snowfall Thursday Feb. 7 2013. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

Two snowplows clear snow in tandem down Washington Street in Waukegan during heavy snowfall on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 9, 2013 2:22AM



Thursday went from expecting maybe five inches by midnight to getting five inches of snow by late afternoon and a storm watch turning into a storm warning, according to the National Weather Service.

It also turned an evening rush hour into one which just spun its tires as the area was hit with the heaviest single snowfalls in more than a year.

Thursday’s storm quickly turned nasty and authorities had a steady stream of minor accidents, spinouts and cars in ditches.

Lakes High School let students out early and most schools canceled their evening after-school events. Park districts, like Antioch’s, canceled some evening classes like Zumba, while the Lake County Recorder of Deeds Office closed early. The Mundelein Police and Fire Commission canceled its meeting for Thursday night.

Thursday’s snowfall started right around noon and the big flakes piled up fast. At times, snow was accumulating at an inch per hour across northern Lake County.

One unofficial measurement in a Gurnee parking lot showed 4 1/2 inches of snow around 3:30 p.m. and it didn’t seem to be letting up.

Across the county, police in the field would call for a public works truck to lay down some salt on roads, and public works dispatchers would respond that all trucks were out plowing.

The Illinois tollway mobilized its full fleet of 182 snowplows in response to the snowfall during rush hour and throughout the evening across the 286-mile system of roads serving 12 counties in northern Illinois.

Today only has a slight chance of flurries before noon and then some sun and a high of 33 degrees. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Sunday and Monday forecasts call for freezing rain.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service calls for a chance of rain or freezing rain before noon, then rain showers with a high temperature of 42. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.



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