Kane County residents should expect severe icing conditions to begin between 5 and 6 p.m. today as as a cold front moves through the area, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service warned.
Meteorologist Edward Fenelon advised people to leave work early – if they can – and be home before the freezing begins.
“The best bet is to kind of hunker down,” Fenelon said. “Anyone who can leave work early and put themselves out of harm’s way – that is recommended. … We have a light rain out there now [noon] like spring. But there is a very sharp cold front pushing under the warmer air, pushing it aloft.”
Fenelon said temperatures in the mid-50s will drop 40 degrees by the evening, and more during the night, freezing anything that is wet very quickly.
“It’s referred to as a flash freeze,” Fenelon said. “Anything not treated will turn to ice. … The colder air is already moving across the Mississippi River. … It is pushing under the warmer air, pushing it aloft.”
The weather service’s winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. to midnight, warning that freezing rain and sleet will result in very slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads and bridges.
Motorists are warned to slow down and be cautious when driving, according to the advisory.
Fenelon said most of the precipitation should be finished by midnight, but people should be cautious about icing conditions.
Kane County will return to colder temperatures, possibly a little colder than average for January, with the next chance of snow occurring Sunday night into Monday morning, Fenelon said.
“It will cover the ground back up,” Fenelon said. “Not big, but some accumulation.”