Prolonged snow event will make its way through area over weekend
The snowfall that arrived on Thursday is just the start of a prolonged light snowfall event, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.
On Thursday afternoon, the heavy flakes and warmer conditions combined to make some areas slushy. While most of the main roads were clear, some secondary roads were covered with a bit of slush. Accumulations on roads may increase through the evening, with any untreated roads likely to become snow covered and slushy.
Persistent light snow is expected to continue through Thursday night, picking up a bit as the from early to mid- evening.
From Friday through Saturday, temperatures near freezing and the wet nature to the snow will limit impacts, although the snow could be moderate at times, according to the NWS. Some moderate snow could overlap the Friday evening commute.
In Grundy County, residents can sign up for weather alerts via the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency.
The Grundy County EMA has a free interactive app, available on Android and Apple operating platforms. This app sends push notifications of alerts and emergency information directly to your wireless device.
Also available with the app are preparedness topics, important area preparedness information links, contact information for many Grundy County Departments, and current weather including a view of local radar.
Grundy County has had an app available since 2015, which was in development during the occurrence of the Coal City tornado in June of that year. Grundy was one of the first counties in Illinois to develop an EMA app.
Grundy County EMA also offers NIXLE Alerts, which sends alerts to your wireless devices via text and e-mail to alert the public of urgent situations, emergency instructions and community information.
Residents can sign up to NIXLE at local.nixle.com/register or text their zip code to 888777.
Winter road conditions can be found on IDOT's Getting Around Illinois website.