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Below-zero temps setting in for McHenry County following snowfall

Lily Perocho, 11, of Crystal Lake, slides down the hill while sledding at Veteran Acres Park the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, after McHenry County received a fresh snowfall.

Frigid temperatures were set to set in Monday night through the rest of the week in northern Illinois following two days of snowfall that brought almost 6 inches total to some parts of McHenry County, according to weather forecasts.

Lows in the region between minus 7 and 7 degrees were predicted for Monday night by the National Weather Service, followed by Tuesday highs between 7 and 14 degrees.

Tuesday’s nighttime lows could be especially cold. The weather service is predicting clear skies during the day, but a high between just 7 and 14 degrees, and nighttime lows between minus 16 and minus 3 across the region.

The National Weather Service expects more clear skies Wednesday and highs between 9 and 15 degrees, with nighttime lows between 1 and 9 degrees.

There is a 20% chance of snow during the day Thursday and into the night. With that chance of precipitation will come slightly warmer temperatures, the weather service forecasted, with daytime highs between 28 and 33 degrees. But nighttime lows could range from 1 to 13 degrees.

The below-zero temperatures follow a two-day period of snow across the area that left almost 6 inches in Bull Valley, according to daily precipitation reports taken there for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. It said 3.2 inches were measured Sunday morning, followed by another 2.7 inches of new snow measured Monday morning.

Almost 2.5 inches of new snow were measured Monday morning in Wonder Lake, while a total of 4.7 inches were measured across Sunday and Monday in McHenry. Almost 5 inches were seen in Harvard over the two days, according to a spotter for the network, with 1.4 inches of new snow measured Monday morning.

Crystal Lake saw 3.9 inches over the two days, with 1.8 inches of new snow measured Monday morning.

Monday’s snowfall total measured at Chicago O’Hare International Airport was 2.2 inches, the weather service reported.

Light snow continued to fall in McHenry County into Monday afternoon. The weather service warned Monday morning that most roads are snow-covered and slippery.