Area hit with just a dash of snow
The Monday after Thanksgiving roared in like March instead of late November.
Mother Nature gave the Kankakee River Valley a dash of snow this morning that was preceded by a round of heavy rain.
Kankakee received .62 of precipitation on Sunday, most of that coming after 8 p.m., according to Weather Underground.
It was the winds of November that provided the punch in the gut.
Those northerly winds started howling by mid-afternoon on Sunday and kept up into sunrise today.
Sustained winds were in the mid to upper 20s with a wind gust of 43 mph recorded at approximately 3:45 this morning, according to Weather Underground.
Heavy snow was expected in northern Illinois through the early hours today with up to a foot north of Chicago, according to The National Weather Service. O’Hare International Airport recorded 7.8 inches of snow by 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, while Midway Airport received just 3.4 inches. Rockford got 11.8 inches of snow.
The high temperature for today of 38 degrees was reported after midnight. The low is forecast for 15 degrees with winds out of the west-northwest 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high of 22 degrees with a low of 12 degrees.
The forecasts for Tuesday and Wednesday call for mostly sunny skies.
Peotone schools called off classes today. North Newton (Ind.) School Corporation was on a two-hour delay.
There were scattered reports of power outages, according to ComEd’s outage map on its website (outagemap.comed.com).
To the south in Iroquois and Ford counties, it was more a rain event. Ameren, which supplies electrical service to the area, was not reporting any outages.
Road conditions proved to be tricky with police and fire departments kept busy with accidents in rural areas.