Waukegan Public Works responds to a tree that fell near Jackson Street and Pacific Avenue in Waukegan amid a winter storm that impacted northern Illinois. | Photo: Waukegan Public Works

As much as 12 to 13 inches of snow was reported in Lake and McHenry counties after a winter storm swept through the area Friday, causing power outages, downed trees and hazardous conditions.

As much as a foot of snow was reported Saturday morning in Long Lake, which is near Round Lake.

Other areas in Lake County reported seeing snow amounts ranging from 5 inches in Riverwoods to 10 inches in Lake Villa.

McHenry County reported snow amounts ranging from 8 inches on the low end to over 13 inches near Woodstock and Harvard on the high end.

The winter storm warnings for both counties were replaced with winter weather advisories in effect until noon on Saturday.

An inch or so of fully new snow is expected tonight, along with reduced visibility from blowing and drifting snow, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Chicago said.

A wind chill advisory was issued for midnight Sunday to Wednesday morning.

Wind chills as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit are expected.

Weather officials are urging people to wear appropriate clothing to protect themselves from frostbite, which can occur on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Fallen trees, downed power lines, transformer fires and vehicle crashes were reported throughout Lake and McHenry counties during the storm.

ComEd said Saturday morning that they restored service to over 150,000 customers in their service area.

As of Saturday morning, several smaller-scale power outages were reported in both counties, according to the ComEd outage map.

They continue to work to restore service to remaining customers by Saturday evening.

In Mundelein, a portion of Route 60 near Oak Creek Plaza was shut down for several hours due to a reported transformer fire and power lines that fell.

Businesses, like the Jewel-Osco in Antioch, reported power outages.

Dozens of vehicle crashes were reported in both counties.

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Waukegan Public Works responded to a water main break on Roberts Avenue in the Heather Heights subdivision Friday evening.

Crews with the Waukegan Public Works responded to a water main break on Roberts Avenue in the Heather Heights subdivision Friday evening. | Photo: Waukegan Public Works

Many government buildings in both counties closed on Friday due to the weather.

The 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Lake County heard previously scheduled cases and emergency matters in first appearance court and domestic violence court at the criminal court tower in Waukegan at noon.

Other than completing previously scheduled cases in the Mundelein Branch Court, the other courthouses in Park City, Round Lake Beach and Vernon Hills closed at noon, Lake County Chief Communications Officer Tammy Chatman said.

Lake County Health Department health centers and offices also closed at noon on Friday and remain closed Saturday.

Health department residential programs and buildings remained open.

McHenry County government buildings, except the sheriff’s office, closed on Friday, McHenry County Communications and Project Manager Alicia Schueller said.

“Emergency response operations will continue despite facility closures,” Schueller said.

The storm also caused delays to the several garbage disposal companies in the area.

Waste Management suspended pickup services on Friday due to the hazardous road conditions.

Regular garbage and recycling pickup will resume on Monday.

LRS suspended services on Friday.

“Based on forecasts the services will be impacted on Saturday, January 13th as well,” LRS said in a service alert.

“LRS is planning to service on schedule next week starting January 15th.”

Groot also delayed their services and they will begin servicing missed areas on Monday.

Officials are reminding people to utilize warming centers available across both counties as dangerous wind chills set in.

Warming centers at 29 locations are located throughout Lake County:

  • Antioch Public Library District, 757 North Main Street, open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Saturday; and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
  • The Antioch Senior Center, 806 Holbek Drive, open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday
  • Zion Benton Public Library, 2400 Gabriel Avenue, open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Zion Park District Leisure Center, 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive, open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Zion City Hall, 2828 Sheridan Road, open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Lake Villa Metra Station, 129 Railroad Avenue, open 24/7
  • Lindenhurst Village Hall, 2301 East Sand Lake Road, open 24/7
  • Gurnee Mills Mall, 6170 West Grand Avenue, open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Illinois Department of Human Services, 2000 North Lewis Avenue in Waukegan, open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Avon Township Office Building, 433 East Washington Street in Round Lake Park, open 24/7
  • Patricia A Jones Center, 414 South Lewis Avenue in Waukegan, open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street, open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday; and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
  • Volo Village Hall, 500 South Fish Lake Road, open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • North Chicago Police Department, 1850 Lewis Avenue, open 24/7
  • Wauconda Township Hall, 505 West Bonner Road, open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center in Vernon Hills, open during hours of operation
  • Lake Forest Tollway Oasis, 13783 West Oasis Service Road, open 24/7
  • Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road, open until 8 p.m. 7 days a week
  • Lake Forest: Milwaukee District North Line, 911 South Telegraph Road, open 24/7
  • Dickinson Hall, 100 East Old Mill Road in Lake Forest, open 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church, 60 Quentin Road in Lake Zurich, open 24/7
  • Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail in Lake Zurich, open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
  • Ela Township Community Center, 380 Surryse Road in Lake Zurich, open 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Barrington Public Safety Building, 400 N. Northwest Highway, open 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Tuesday – Saturday
  • Barrington Train Station, 201 South Spring Street, open 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
  • Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Avenue West, open 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Highland Park Police Department, 1677 Old Deerfield Road, open 24/7
  • Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Avenue, open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
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Warming centers at 9 locations are located throughout McHenry County:

  • Huntley Municipal Complex (police department only), 10911 Main Street, open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (police supervisor can open after hours if needed)
  • McHenry Municipal Center, 333 South Green Street, enter police department and ask for assistance
  • Port Barrington Community Room, 75 South Circle Avenue, open to Port Barrington residents only
  • Village of Prairie Grove, 3125 Barreville Road, call ahead at 815-455-1411
  • Spring Grove Village Hall, 7401 Meyer Road, open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Spring Grove Fire Department, 8214 Richardson Road, open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Avenue, open for emergency help only
  • Lakemoor Village Hall, 28581 Route 120, call number on door or police to open
  • Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center, 1001 Grant Street in Harvard
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Those in McHenry County can also call the PADS Cold Weather Program at 815-759-7133.