Winter returns to north suburbs

February 24, 2012 3:45:34 PM PST
Winter is back for some around Chicagoland, especially for those who live in the far north and northwest suburbs.

"It's Chicago," said Lindenhurst resident Mike Wisneiwski. "It's winter. That's what it's about."

The sounds of the season could be heard in many Lindenhurst neighborhoods as residents began to dig out of at least a half a foot of snow from the remains of an overnight storm.

"At 5:30 (Thursday afternoon) was the initial call-out," said Dave Battaglia of Lindenhurst Public Works. "We had a crew work until three in the morning and the second crew came in and relieved them. I had eight trucks on the road at 3 a.m. and we're still fighting it right now, cleaning up."

February's winter system sure packed a punch in northern Lake and McHenry counties where towns there were hammered with anywhere from six to eight inches of thick heavy snow, meaning a snow day for students of several school districts including Grayslake.

"It was kind of surprising because I thought that it was going to be spring because it's been warm recently, so I was surprised," said Grayslake resident Andy Pasinski.

The suburban snowstorm started slowly Thursday night but eventually picked up intensity as it tracked farther north than expected. Recording stations in Cook County and many locations in DuPage stations saw less snow.

Because we haven't seen much of a winter this year, some know it could have been much worse.

"I think we expected that snow will come," said Libertyville resident Monika Wirtz. "I think it's wonderful. The kids have fun, so it's great to have the weather."

Had the temperature dropped or even had the wind picked up, we'd be talking about a much different situation.