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‘Snow end in sight’ — another storm Monday

A Carpentersville plow heads toward MaStreet Old Town Monday afternoon. | Mike Danahey/Sun-Times Media

A Carpentersville plow heads toward Main Street in Old Town Monday afternoon. | Mike Danahey/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 19, 2014 6:16AM

“Snow end in sight” is how some people are describing this winter, with Monday’s weather providing prime example as to why.

For this area, Northern Illinois University staff meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow through the dinner hour Monday, with the worst coming early Monday afternoon, when snowfall rates in excess of 2 inches per hour at the peak of the storm are expected, along with some blowing and drifting of what falls and the big piles still left from other storms.

“The rush hour Monday afternoon will be a nightmare,” Sebenste said.

Drivers reported it taking more than an hour to get to the Elgin area from the northwest side of Chicago midafternoon Monday. And crews in East Dundee had eastbound traffic along Route 72 temporarily closed for a time past the intersection with Van Buren Street as it was too hard for cars to make it up the hill toward Route 25.

“After Monday, we will be dry until Wednesday night, when freezing rain could move into the area that lasts until Thursday morning. We’ll go above freezing Thursday afternoon, and that should change things back to rain with highs near 40. After that, another system towards the weekend could produce some snow,” Sebenste said.

What makes this dangerous, Sebenste said, is that just a tenth of an inch of ice on the roads can be worse than 6 inches of snow, simply because getting good traction is nearly impossible when driving on the ice.

As for how the rest of February is shaping up weatherwise, according to predictive models, Sebenste said, “It looks like we could see another cold wave in the last week of the month - not like the ones we saw over the last few months, but possibly more nights at or below zero, depending on how much snow cover is on the ground by that time.”

The snow pack on the ground in most of northern Illinois going into Monday was equal to between 1 and 4 inches of water if it melts completely, according to the National Weather Service.

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