Monday, April 16, 2012
A deadly tornado struck Woodward, OK, killing six people.
While Chicagoland was spared from the weekend's severe weather, other parts of the Midwest weren't as lucky, with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center showing 150 reports of tornadoes Saturday and Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center had much of the Midwest—including Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma—under a moderate or high risk of severe weather Saturday. Chicagoland was in the slight risk category Sunday. According to preliminary information, there were 428 reports of severe weather on Saturday: 135 tornado reports; 94 wind reports; and 199 reports of large hail. AccuWeather.com said the deadliest tornado struck Woodward, OK, killing six people and injuring 30. The National Weather Service has given the Woodward …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Growing season about 3-5 weeks ahead of schedule; share your photos of early blooms.
Tuesday’s high temperature of 85 degrees combined with the low of 63 is the kind of weather that is normal for the Fourth of July, said Ed Fenelon, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Chicago office. Fenelon said the week of unseasonably warm days is unprecedented. “We set or tied new record high temperatures for seven days in a row, starting with Wednesday, last week,” he said. When temperatures hit 81 on March 14, it was the earliest occurrence of 80-degree temperatures in the 135 years since area weather history has been recorded, Fenelon said. At the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Tim Johnson, director of horticulture, said plants are four to five weeks ahead of last year. Blooms that are usually spread out over the …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Summer-like temperatures are predicted for the area through the rest of this week.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 77 degrees Wednesday. The warm weather will continue through the rest of the work week and into the weekend with temperatures expected to hover in the low 70s for this area, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago. Here is the forecast for Wednesday through Monday, according to the NWS:
Monday, March 12, 2012
Standing water appears in parking lots across the area.
Heavy rainfall created some problems across Crystal Lake Monday when standing water began to appear in some parking lots and roadways. Lots along the western portion of Rte. 14 in Crystal Lake had drivers maneuvering to avoid standing water. Some drivers couldn't avoid the conditions. Rockford resident Theresa Sampson decided to stop at the drive-thru window at McDonald's on the corner of Rte. 14 and Rte. 176 when she found herself hoping her car would make it through the small lake created by the storm. "I was really worried about my car," Sampson said. "By the time drivers turn the corner here there's nowhere to go but through the water." According to the National Weather Service, a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected again …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Over 8 inches of snow fell on some areas of McHenry County.
While Cary topped 8 inches of snow and McHenry hit 7 inches, Crystal Lake got 5 inches. Click here for the area totals.
Crystal Lake Schools remain open after over seven inches falls.
A Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect for the Crystal Lake area after over 6 inches of snow fell overnight. But the amount of snow wasn't enough to close local schools. While there's school closings all over Lake County, there has only been three schools to close Friday in McHenry County, none of which are located in Crystal Lake. For a list of area school closing, click here. More snow is expected throughout the day. While the winter weather advisory ends at 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, 1 to 3 additional inches of snow is expected to fall on Crystal Lake Friday. For more on the weather, click here.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The blizzard that covered McHenry County in 2011 makes this year feel like spring.
The 2011 blizzard that hit Crystal Lake.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
A photo gallery of the winter storm that hit the area one year ago.
Our Brook Mrkvicka snapped these photos of the storm that hit Crystal Lake a year ago, which started as a light flurry to heavy snow and high winds.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Plows, blowers and shovels are all full steam ahead right now as a winter storm dumps a heavy layer of snow on city.
With temperatures hovering in the teens, road salt can't melt away the snow and ice coating local streets. Most area roads are covered with a packed layer of snow, making driving conditions slow and challenging.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Check out a live traffic report with our interactive map.
The Illinois Tollway is getting ready for the expected snowfall by preparing to mobilize its full fleet of 183 snowplows. "The Illinois Tollway is ready to put our snow removal plans into action as soon as the snow hits the pavement," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. "The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we are well-prepared to respond to the snowfall expected throughout the day tomorrow." According to Illinois Tollway representaives, the Tollway's Snow Operations Center will open in the early hours on Friday morning, Jan. 20, and the Tollway will have a full complement of more than 200 staff and supervisors per shift to ensure that roadways are kept clear of snow and ice. To help with snow removal …