Storm brings more than 5 inches of snow to Kane County

Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 12:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 6:05 p.m. CDT
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Cars and a plow truck make their way through a snowstorm Monday on Fabyan Parkway near Batavia.

Unofficial totals suggest more than 5 inches of snow fell in the Tri-Cities and Kaneland areas during Monday's storm. And totals from O'Hare Airport suggest that it is now the fifth-snowiest season in Chicago weather history.

The Kane County Sheriff's Department suggested that drivers remain off the roads if possible, particularly in the western part of the county. Lt. Pat Gengler, the spokesman for the sheriff's department, said snowdrifts at Route 47 and areas to the west are as tall as cars at some points, making the roads difficult to travel even after snow stops falling.

Gengler said it has been a tough winter. He said officers spend a lot of time responding to snow emergencies during the storms, and then they are not able to respond to other issues.

"We're relegated to emergency responses only," he said. "If someone wanted to report something where they left a cellphone in a car and it got stolen … while that's significant in someone's life, there are no life-safety issues. And we're not going to be able to respond to that."

Unofficial totals as of 5 p.m. showed 5.2 inches of snow fell in North Aurora and Elburn, and more than 5 inches in St. Charles.

At O'Hare, the snowfall total for the season stood at 66.9 inches as of 5 p.m., which makes the season No. 5 in the all-time list, behind the 68.4 inches that fell in 1966-1967. The all-time high is 89.7 inches in 1978-1979, followed by the 82.3 inches that fell in 1977-1978.