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Blizzard brings out the kid in igloo, snowman builders

LAKE COUNTY SNOW TOTALS

The National Weather Service Weather Forecast office posted these 24-hour snowfall amounts from their weather spotters. The reading from Beach Park by an observer known as CoCoRaHS, who measured 11.7 inches, had a very impressive 1.68 inches of liquid equivalent. That’s a snow-to-liquid ratio of 7-to-1. This was this winter’s largest storm yet.

Barrington — 6.0

Beach Park — 11.7

Buffalo Grove — 9.6

Grayslake — 10.2

Gurnee — 11.0

Highwood — 8.4

Lakemoor — 8.0

Lake Bluff — 6.3

Lake Forest — 7.0

Lake Villa — 10.5

Lake Zurich — 5.5

Lincolnshire — 7.9

Mundelein — 7.4

Waukegan — 8.5

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Updated: April 29, 2013 2:17AM



Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was all about digging out. Now it’s time to start building up.

The heavy, wet snow that made it so hard to shovel and push aside is also great white stuff for sculpting and piling high.

The National Weather Service said Lake County recorded 11.7 inches of snow in Beach Park and all the top measurements came from the county. There were reports of Gurnee having almost a foot of snow and Libertyville was up over 10 inches.

A weather service map showed 10 to 12 inches from Waukegan north to Kenosha, Wis., and then west to Gurnee. At one point during Tuesday’s blizzard, storm visibility at Waukegan Regional Airport was zero.

Angie Borzick of Lake Villa said her son, Marc, 21, decided to build a snow cave in their back yard just off McKinley Avenue and Burnett Drive.

“He came home from work and shoveled our driveway and then he said, ‘I feel like being a kid again. He called some of his friends and pretty soon we have a pizza party.”

Her son is a bricklayer and he built the snow cave with a 10-foot ceiling, although part of the back is covered with a tarp, but it was expected to be snowed over Wednesday night.

He used a plastic tub to build blocks and then he mounded more snow on the structure.

“The ages ranged from 16 to 28 and then some other kids in the neighborhood planned a sneak attack, and before you knew it, there was a huge snowball fight with 25 people,” she said.

The igloo is big enough for 15 people sitting with legs crossed. They had candles in the snow for light and wool blankets to cut the chill as well.

“Just seeing the good old-fashioned fun, it was very inspiring. It really touched my heart,” said Borzick. Her husband, Andy, also went out and rolled up his sleeves.

“He was just as much of a kid,” she joked. They had cars stop, and even some snowplow drivers stopped to check it out. Wednesday night, Marc plans to hose it down with water and see how long it will last.

“Even our dog (Shelby), a 10-year-old Labrador mix, went out there. I love my town,” she said of Lake Villa.

Going east into Waukegan at 1508 Washington St., a group of people from Miggy Smalls Sports Pub are on a quest to build the county’s tallest snowman. “We’re embracing the snow like true Midwesterners, and of course the publicity doesn’t hurt the business. We’re about a third of the way through,” said Jamie Van Hoogen, a patron.

Owner Mike Perusky said eight people joined together and built about a 9-foot tall snowman, which was partially on the street. “A snowplow came by and knocked it over. We’re going to rebuild it tonight,” he said.

The bar opened in September and the name is a play off his nickname “Miggy” from his first and middle name, Michael Ignacia. They hope to make the second snowman, which is called Miggy, even bigger. They used charcoal for the face, shot glasses for the eyes and bar straws for the nose.

“I just thought it would be a fun activity,” he said.

While Lake County took the brunt of the storm, a total of 5.4 inches of snow was measured at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Snow continued to fall across Lake County most of Wednesday and the weather service was forecasting a 50 percent chance of snow this afternoon, Feb. 28, with a high near 33 degrees, and then a chance of snow showers Thursday night with winds around 10 to 15 miles per hour and gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday, the first day of March, will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers and a high near 30 degrees. Saturday is the same, but partly sunny. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 28 degrees.



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