A Lake County snow plow truck drives down Cedar Lake Road south of Towline Road in Round Lake Sunday morning amid blowing snow and extreme cold reported in the area. | Photo: Lake County Passage

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until Wednesday as the weather service reports dangerous wind chills of more than 30 degrees below zero in Lake and McHenry counties.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said a winter weather advisory in effect expires at 12 p.m. Sunday for Lake, McHenry, DuPage and Cook counties.

A wind chill advisory for the northern Illinois counties will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Very cold wind chills of 20-30 degrees below zero are expected during the advisory period, the NWS said.

Near-blizzard conditions were reported Sunday morning in open areas, which prompted the winter weather advisory.

North-south roads were most severely impacted by the blowing and drifting making travel extremely dangerous early Sunday morning.

The weather service asked motorists to avoid travel unless necessary and expect slow speeds.

A wind chill forecast showed the lowest wind chills in Waukegan were around 29 degrees below zero and 31 degrees below zero in Woodstock around 6 a.m. Sunday.

The extreme temperatures are expected to hover in the 20-30-degree below zero range in Lake and McHenry counties until Wednesday.

“The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as few as 10 minutes,” the wind chill advisory warned.

Residents are reminded to use caution while outside and wear appropriate clothing, a hat and gloves.

Officials are reminding people to utilize warming centers available across Lake and McHenry counties.

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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.