Snow? Freezing temperatures? Below-zero wind chills? None of that has been enough to stop Kane County Audubon events from going on as planned through this cold, snowy winter.
So the few inches of snow the Tri-Cities area is expected to get this weekend won't stop a bird walk set for 8 a.m. Saturday at the Dick Young Forest Preserve at 29W115 Main St. in Batavia. Walk leader Terry Murray said he has led walks through much worse than that.
"We will walk in the rain and the snow," Murray said, adding that, in the middle of a snow storm, "maybe four or five people" will show up. More than two dozen could be expected in good weather, he said.
Only unsafe road conditions would cancel a walk. That's not expected to be the case this weekend.
Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the Tri-Cities area should expect 2 to 4 inches of snow on Saturday, and perhaps a little bit more on Sunday. Saturday's snow will fall in the afternoon, he said, starting at about 3 p.m. It should be cold, with a high of 23 on Saturday and 19 on Sunday. Sunday's forecast low is 5 degrees.
"After we've had such a harsh winter, this will potentially not be that bad," said Friedlein, who added that there is some uncertainty about Sunday, but heavier snow is expected to be significantly south of Kane County.
Friedlein said there will be a strong storm system on the move on Sunday, but he said it likely won't get north of central Illinois. In those areas, he said, as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow could fall. He said for Sunday, Kane County could expect to get "a couple of inches or less."
But he said those hoping for warmer weather likely will have to wait. The upcoming forecast doesn't show a day with a high temperature in the 30s until Thursday, when the forecast high is 32. He said the snow that falls in central Illinois will contribute to that, as it "will act like a freezer" and not allow winds from the south to bring much warmth.
"It will probably set us back a little bit," he said.