Winter storm warning issued for La Salle County, neighboring counties

Anywhere from 3 to 8 inches predicted

La Salle County is eyeing anywhere from three to eight inches of snow beginning Monday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

According to Sunday night projections, the northern and western portions of La Salle County, including La Salle, Peru, Mendota, Earlville and Leland, are predicted to get five to eight inches. The central and eastern portions of La Salle County, including Ottawa, Marseilles and Streator are projected to get three to six inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow may be heavy at times, especially Monday night. Isolated higher amounts are possible. Northeast gusts as high as 35 mph may lead to low visibility at times.

The winter warning is in effect for not only La Salle County, but also Lee, DeKalb, Kendall, Grundy, Marshall, Ogle and Kane counties.

Travel could be difficult. Hazardous conditions are likely to affect Monday night and Tuesday morning commutes.

Some power outages are possible from the combined effects of the expected wetter nature of the snow and strong and gusty winds. Freezing rain and freezing drizzle, or sleet, may mix in with the snow at times, mainly later Monday night south of Interstate 88.

If travel is necessary, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for Illinois can be obtained on the internet at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.