Snow falls on Chicago area

January 21, 2008 9:18:24 PM PST
The Chicago area could be in for several inches of snow overnight. A snow advisory in effect for parts of the area until Tuesday morning. The question is, how will the overnight snow affect the horning drive?

The snow fell pretty steadily since mid-afternoon. There was an inch and a half to two inches on the ground by 10 p.m.

A few inches of snow in late January is no big deal for Woodstock residents. When it comes to shoveling snow, most are already in mid-season form at this point. Charles O'Brien did his and his next door neighbor's driveways.

"I love the snow. It is light. It is great skiing snow," he said.

With the cold temperatures, the snow is falling light and flakey. It is not ideal for making snowmen, but not too tough to shovel. By Tuesday, there could be five inches, especially up north.

In Woodstock, snow began falling about 4 p.m. Monday. with about an inch or so on the ground in two hours. The holiday reduced the potential problems for the day.

With the lights on and music playing as the snow falls on the historic Woodstock Square, it's beginning to feel a lot like, well, winter. But after a weekend of subzero temperatures, this bit of snow is drawing few complaints.

"Way better than the cold. I don't mind snow too much. The cold, I stay in," said Larry Hansen, Woodstock resident.

"It is absolutely beautiful. We love it like this," said Debbie Wolff, Woodstock.

It's enough snow to force residents to get out the brush for their car windows, and there's more on the way. An event Monday night at the opera house on the square in Woodstock forced Dave McKay to clear the sidewalks for the first of what will likely be several times. And once he is finished, he gets to go home and clear his own driveway. McKay called the snow a "pain in the butt."

"Not back-breaking, but another little snow to shovel," he said. "It makes me think of Las Vegas and how I'd like to be out there."