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Grundy County sees about 2 inches of snow from Tuesday to Thursday

One of the lowest amount in the Chicago area

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

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MORRIS – Alabama native Jennie Barber traded 60 degree temperatures in Mobile, Ala., for two inches of snow in Morris, and she couldn’t be happier about the switch.

“I’ve never been in the snow before,” she said. “I love it! It’s so pretty. I’m not ready to go back yet.”

Barber, who is in town visiting family, said she is happy she got to see the snowstorm. She spent Thursday sledding for the first time. She and her family went sledding down local hills off of Barrington Road in Morris.

“We never get snow where I’m from,” Barber said. “It’s so much fun.”

Barber was one of several people who took advantage of the winter weather after this week’s snowstorm dropped roughly two inches of snow across Grundy County. The Mazon area saw some of the highest amounts of snowfall in the county at just over three inches, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s a bit rare for Illinois to see this much lake-effect snow,” said Edward Fenelon, spokesman for the National Weather Service. “You hear a lot about lake-effect snow in Indiana and Michigan, but with these winds out of the Northeast, we are seeing some of that get pushed into Illinois.”

Snowfall began Tuesday afternoon and continued until early Thursday morning in Grundy County, but was scheduled to last well into Friday for some areas near the northern part of the Indiana and Illinois border, Fenelon said.

More northern parts of Illinois saw as much as 18 inches of snowfall and temperatures as low as 10 degrees, Fenelon said. Wind chills in some areas reached negative 20 degrees and below.

Grundy County was one of the Chicago area counties that saw the least amount of snowfall, which was good news for local drivers.

“We actually had no snow-related accidents,” said Kevin Callahan, Grundy County Sheriff.

The Morris Police Department responded to three accidents during the snowstorm, but all had no injuries.

Jim Gretencord, director of Public Works for the city of Morris, said they began planning for the storm Tuesday morning by preparing the snow plows.

“We sent large trucks out at 4 p.m. yesterday [Wednesday],” Gretencord said. “As of today [Thursday] most of Morris was completely plowed, curb to curb.”

Morris was on the lighter end of the snow accumulation with totals only reaching 1.6 inches. Forecasts from the National Weather Service predict the next snowfall to arrive this Saturday, but Fenelon said the actual accumulation amount will be small.

“Next week – Monday and Tuesday – there’s a good chance that we will not see high temperatures getting above zero degrees,” Fenelon said. “The last time we had temperatures not get above zero for an entire day was in January of 2009, so 5 years ago.”

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