A winter storm expected to hit the area today should not be as bad as originally predicted for McHenry County.
Between four to six inches of snow is expected today and around an inch of snow tonight for the area. On Monday, the National Weather Service was predicting as much as four inches more of snow.
A winter storm warning was pushed back to 9 a.m. this morning and will continue until 12 p.m. today.
Several area schools have closed Tuesday.
The above information was updated at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5.
A winter storm warning has been issued for all of McHenry County Tuesday and is expected to affect morning and evening rush hour traffic.
The warning will take effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday and continue through midnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Between four to eight inches of new snow accumulation is expected in Crystal Lake during the day Tuesday and another additional one to two inches of new snow Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
There will be a chance of blowing snow in the afternoon and into Tuesday night with wind gusts reaching as high as 30 mph, according to the NWS.
Light snow is expected to start Monday night and will become more intense Tuesday morning. Snowfall accumulation is expected to be the most intense from late Tuesday morning through the early evening hours, falling at a rate of one to 1 1/2 inches per hour, according to the NWS.
The amount of accumulation coupled with the blowing snow is expected to make travel dangerous, especially for Tuesday's evening commute, according to the NWS.