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Wet Snow Continues Wednesday; Some Events Rescheduled From Storm

A winter storm walloped the Tri-Cities on Tuesday. Here's a recap and what to expect for the rest of the week.

It wasn't exactly a blizzard, but Tuesday's snowstorm shut down events and plans all over Kane County.

Various news outlets reported a snowfall of 4.5 inches for the area. The storm climaxed in the afternoon, forcing the cancellation of many after-school activities and the early closure of public libraries in Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.

The storm also forced 500 flight cancellations at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports, where flights that were not canceled were delayed by as much as an hour.

The snow continues today with a one-inch accumulation possible, according to the National Weather Service. The high will be 36 degrees during the day with a low of 30 in the evening and a windchill of 21.

The chance of snow drops to 30 percent on Thursday with a high of 36 degrees. Thursday evening will be mostly cloudy with a low of 25 degrees and a windchill as low as 16 degrees.

Friday has a high of 30 degrees, then overnight fog with a low of 12 degrees and a windchill as low as zero.

The following events were already rescheduled:

  • The IHSA boys basketball regional games will be held today, Feb. 27, at their originally scheduled times.
  • Market Day at Grace McWayne School in Batavia will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, Feb. 27.

Here are our live updates from Tuesday:

Feb. 26

8:56 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS CANCELLED THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY.

But a Hazardous Weather Outlook is still in place for Kane County:

...TONIGHT. WET SNOW WILL CONTINUE...WITH ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS A LARGE PART OF THE AREA. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 7 INCHES WILL OCCUR ACROSS MUCH OF THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY AREA AND 6 TO 10 INCHES ACROSS THE WARNING AREA BY THE TIME SNOW TAPERS LATE. IN ADDITION...GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS UP TO 35 MPH WILL RESULT IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF WET SNOW AND WILL PRODUCE VERY LOW VISIBILITY AT TIMES THIS EVENING IN OPEN AREAS.

Let us know of any updates you hear regarding the storm, either in the comments section here or on the Geneva Patch Facebook page.

7 p.m.

Hazmat call ends. Just dealing with the fire at Hintzsche Fertilizer.

5:57 p.m.

Hazmat advisers from Tri-Cities among those reporting to a fire and hazmat call at Hintzsche Fertilizer, Inc., 2 S181 County Line Road.

 

3:54 p.m.

The Batavia Public Library will close today, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. The Geneva and St. Charles public libraries close at 4 p.m.

After-school activities are canceled at Faith Christian in Geneva.

 

3:10 p.m.

The MCS PTO Meeting scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 has been cancelled due to weather conditions.  The meeting will be re-scheduled at a later date.

 

2:20 p.m.

All afterschool and evening activities and athletic practices/tryouts at Geneva High School are canceled for today.

 

2:19 p.m.

  • All after-school events at Batavia High School are canceled for Tuesday, Feb. 26. This includes the Arsenic and Old Lace practice that was to be held in the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. 
  • The IHSA boys basketball regional games will be postponed until Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Game times will remain the same.
  • The Parent Advisory Council meeting, originally scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Batavia High School, is canceled due to weather conditions.
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church canceled all religious education classes.
  • Marmion Academy has canceled all after-school activities.
  • Waubonsee Community College campuses are scheduled to close at 5 pm. today, Feb. 26.

 

1:21 p.m.

Update from Batavia Public Schools:

All after-school student activities at every BPS101 elementary school and the middle school have been cancelled for today.

Kids Club and Kids Camp will remain open until their regularly scheduled times.

The Batavia School Board will still meet at 7 p.m. at the Rosalie Jones Administration Center as scheduled.

Cancellation of activities at Batavia High School will be determined on an individual basis, and will be communicated as decisions are made.

A meeting of the Louise White School PTO resale committee has been canceled for this evening. A new date will be scheduled and announced.

Market Day at Grace McWayne School was canceled. It is now rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27.

 

1:17 p.m.

All Rotolo Middle School activities after school are canceled for Tuesday, Feb. 26.

"All students should go home after school," an electronic message from the school said.

 

1:03 p.m.

Two accidents reported at or near Route 31 and Stearns.

 

12:16 p.m.

Geneva: East State and Kirk eastbound lanes, accident briefly closes a lane of Route 38. 1 p.m. UPDATE: This one is cleared up.

 

12:15 p.m.

Batavia: Tri-Com reports some sort of accident near the Campana Building. Details sketchy.

 

12:05 p.m.

St. Charles: Scanners report accident near Super Target in St. Charles

 

11:45 a.m.

As expected, the snow is coming like crazy, and there has been at least one cancellation, so far.

Geneva students who go to the Fox Valley Career Center in the afternoons will take a pass, due to the snow. School District 304 sent the message out a little after 11:30 a.m. via a 304 Connects e-mail blast.

The off-campus classes for this afternoon include Health Occupations, Cosmetology and Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice.

"At this time, Geneva High School has no other cancellations to announce.  Updates will be provided before the end of the school day," the e-mail said.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m.


Chad Baker February 27, 2013 at 02:55 PM
The amount of panic over a few inches of snow was amazing. It use to snow like this about once every 10-14 days every winter. It has only been the last decade that snow levels have decreased dramatically. Snow is a fact of life in this part of the country. Our local, county and state governments have the tools to handle snow fall and keep the roads safe. Most Americans have spent a fortune on huge gas gussling 4WD vehicles that they never get to use and then they are scared to drive then when it actually snows. Instead of fueling the panic by watching bad local news and burying our heads in our smart phones, we need to move on with life when it snows.
Scott Hamlin February 27, 2013 at 03:29 PM
And do not forget the "heart attack wet snow". Maybe the heart attacks come from people struggling to start their snow blowers. I am out of shape, way over weight, but managed to use a shovel to clear my sidewalk and driveway yesterday. Most of the travel times yesterday were the same or even less than a dry clear day. We like to remain in the Chicken Little Society where dangers lurk everywhere and everything is Breaking News!! Recalled foods and products threaten our very existence. It is a miracle that there are enough of us left to read this. :-)
Kali Prem February 28, 2013 at 01:29 AM
really? growing up in Chicago the only time the city shut down was during the Big Snow of 1967. this is WINTER IN CHICAGOLAND, PEOPLE! Kids can't handle snow like this? wow.
Kali Prem February 28, 2013 at 01:30 AM
word, dude....
Scott Hamlin February 28, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Actually...the kids can probably handle it fine. It's the parents! whooop whooop whooop ..helicopter approaching. :-)

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