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  • A lone bicycle rider makes her way east along the Illinois Prairie Path through Villa Park.

       A lone bicycle rider makes her way east along the Illinois Prairie Path through Villa Park.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Terry Bessen of Schaumburg clears a sidewalk Thursday afternoon at the School District 25 offices on Dunton Avenue in Arlington Heights. Bessen has been with the district for 33 years so he knew the snow was coming, " It has been a great winter so far but were due for some snow. It looks like the plows will be able to keep up with it so it shouldn't be too bad".

       Terry Bessen of Schaumburg clears a sidewalk Thursday afternoon at the School District 25 offices on Dunton Avenue in Arlington Heights. Bessen has been with the district for 33 years so he knew the snow was coming, " It has been a great winter so far but were due for some snow. It looks like the plows will be able to keep up with it so it shouldn't be too bad".
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • The weather didn't stop Maureen Adamek of Schaumburg from her daily walk with her German Shepard Gracie through Town Square in Schaumburg.

       The weather didn't stop Maureen Adamek of Schaumburg from her daily walk with her German Shepard Gracie through Town Square in Schaumburg.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Deb Bresloff of Mundelein cleans off her car at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills. The area got its first winter storm of the year Thursday.

       Deb Bresloff of Mundelein cleans off her car at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills. The area got its first winter storm of the year Thursday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • A truck plows the parking lot in front of JC Penny at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills. The area got its first winter storm of the year Thursday.

       A truck plows the parking lot in front of JC Penny at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills. The area got its first winter storm of the year Thursday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • A plow already scraping accumulating snow off the roadway leads a pack of cars as they head eastbound on Route 38 in Elburn on Thursday morning after 9AM, January 12.

       A plow already scraping accumulating snow off the roadway leads a pack of cars as they head eastbound on Route 38 in Elburn on Thursday morning after 9AM, January 12.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Damian Lopez of Streamwood finally gets the snowfall he's been waiting for all season for his landscaping business. He uses a leaf blower to clear a path in front of Oberweis in the Town Square in Schaumburg.

       Damian Lopez of Streamwood finally gets the snowfall he's been waiting for all season for his landscaping business. He uses a leaf blower to clear a path in front of Oberweis in the Town Square in Schaumburg.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Snow coats a statue outside the Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard during Thursday's storm.

       Snow coats a statue outside the Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard during Thursday's storm.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Snow bends a plant stem as the first winter storm of the year hit the area Thursday.

       Snow bends a plant stem as the first winter storm of the year hit the area Thursday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Chris Mains of Elgin shovels the first of the falling snow Thursday outside the downtown Elgin building where he works along Douglas Avenue. Bundled up for the weather is fellow Elginite Grace Richard, who had her winter coat made in Alaska, but hadn't been able to wear it yet this season.

       Chris Mains of Elgin shovels the first of the falling snow Thursday outside the downtown Elgin building where he works along Douglas Avenue. Bundled up for the weather is fellow Elginite Grace Richard, who had her winter coat made in Alaska, but hadn't been able to wear it yet this season.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Snow covers one side of the street sign at the intersection of Pine Street and Prospect Avenue in Mount Prospect Thursday afternoon.

       Snow covers one side of the street sign at the intersection of Pine Street and Prospect Avenue in Mount Prospect Thursday afternoon.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Roads remained clear enough for cyclists along Campbell Street in Arlington Heights Thursday afternoon.

       Roads remained clear enough for cyclists along Campbell Street in Arlington Heights Thursday afternoon.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Louis Losurdo of Des Plaines shovels his driveway Thursday afternoon.

       Louis Losurdo of Des Plaines shovels his driveway Thursday afternoon.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Conditions were still not too bad for pedestrians as the temperature hovered around 30 degrees on Vail Avenue just south of the Metra tracks Thursday afternoon in Arlington Heights.

       Conditions were still not too bad for pedestrians as the temperature hovered around 30 degrees on Vail Avenue just south of the Metra tracks Thursday afternoon in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Eric Marron, 3, of Rolling Meadows gets his first crack at sledding this winter Thursday afternoon at Sunset Meadows Park in Arlington Heights.

       Eric Marron, 3, of Rolling Meadows gets his first crack at sledding this winter Thursday afternoon at Sunset Meadows Park in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Janice Dubinski of Des Plaines left, and her neighbor Louis Losurdo shovel snow outside their Des Plaines homes Thursday.

       Janice Dubinski of Des Plaines left, and her neighbor Louis Losurdo shovel snow outside their Des Plaines homes Thursday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Mike Lahey shovels his driveway in Mundelein Thursday.

       Mike Lahey shovels his driveway in Mundelein Thursday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Spiniolas of Carpentersville spreads salt in the parking lot of Kindercare Learning Center in Vernon Hills .

       Jim Spiniolas of Carpentersville spreads salt in the parking lot of Kindercare Learning Center in Vernon Hills .
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Karli Ryan, 10, of Hoffman Estates plays in the snow on Thursday afternoon.

       Karli Ryan, 10, of Hoffman Estates plays in the snow on Thursday afternoon.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • What a difference a day makes, as snow plows go to work at The Arboretum in South Barrington.

       What a difference a day makes, as snow plows go to work at The Arboretum in South Barrington.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • What a difference a day makes at The Arboretum in South Barrington, Ruth Abbate, left, and Bonnie Kearnsey, both of South Barrington, make their way down the sidewalk next to Panera Bread.

       What a difference a day makes at The Arboretum in South Barrington, Ruth Abbate, left, and Bonnie Kearnsey, both of South Barrington, make their way down the sidewalk next to Panera Bread.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Snow blankets Bode East Forest Preserve, a day after 50 degree temperatures.

       Snow blankets Bode East Forest Preserve, a day after 50 degree temperatures.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • The basketball court at Pioneer Park is partially covered in snow Thursday afternoon. Youths were playing basketball on the court the previous day when the temperature reached 51 degrees.

       The basketball court at Pioneer Park is partially covered in snow Thursday afternoon. Youths were playing basketball on the court the previous day when the temperature reached 51 degrees.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Snow now surrounds the water pump at Bode East Forest Preserve a day after 50 degree temperatures.

       Snow now surrounds the water pump at Bode East Forest Preserve a day after 50 degree temperatures.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • A Libertyville Public Works employee uses a snow plow to clear the roads around Cook Memorial Park.

       A Libertyville Public Works employee uses a snow plow to clear the roads around Cook Memorial Park.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Maintenance manager Gary Murphy clears the sidewalks with a snowblower around Cook Park Library in Libertyville.

       Maintenance manager Gary Murphy clears the sidewalks with a snowblower around Cook Park Library in Libertyville.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Anderson clears the driveway of a neighbor along Fourth Street in Libertyville on Thursday.

       Jim Anderson clears the driveway of a neighbor along Fourth Street in Libertyville on Thursday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Traffic creeps along eastbound Wilson Street in downtown Batavia in the 3 o'clock hour. Traffic was backing up starting at Route 31 onto Wilson.

       Traffic creeps along eastbound Wilson Street in downtown Batavia in the 3 o'clock hour. Traffic was backing up starting at Route 31 onto Wilson.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A view of intersection of Northwest Highway and Lee Street from the third floor of the Des Plaines Library during the late-arriving first snow storm of the season.

       A view of intersection of Northwest Highway and Lee Street from the third floor of the Des Plaines Library during the late-arriving first snow storm of the season.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Barry Horner with Des Plaines Public Works and Engineering Department plows the sidewalk near City of Des Plaines Civic Center.

       Barry Horner with Des Plaines Public Works and Engineering Department plows the sidewalk near City of Des Plaines Civic Center.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Commuters, including Adrian Jacobe of Lakemoor, far right, board the train at the Metra Station in Des Plaines.

       Commuters, including Adrian Jacobe of Lakemoor, far right, board the train at the Metra Station in Des Plaines.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A view of Northwest Highway and City of Des Plaines Civic Center from the third floor of the Des Plaines Library.

       A view of Northwest Highway and City of Des Plaines Civic Center from the third floor of the Des Plaines Library.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • The weather didn't stop Maureen Adamek of Schaumburg from her daily walk with her German Shepard Gracie through Town Square in Schaumburg.

       The weather didn't stop Maureen Adamek of Schaumburg from her daily walk with her German Shepard Gracie through Town Square in Schaumburg.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Andy Stiava with Des Plaines Public Works and Engineering Department salts behind City of Des Plaines Civic Center .

       Andy Stiava with Des Plaines Public Works and Engineering Department salts behind City of Des Plaines Civic Center .
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Vic Kamka with Des Plaines Public works plows the sidewalk along Northwest Highway.

       Vic Kamka with Des Plaines Public works plows the sidewalk along Northwest Highway.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Florian Bialas walks along sidewalk on Northwest Highway as snow falls in Des Plaines. Bialas said he was headed for a warm dinner and coffee nearby.

       Florian Bialas walks along sidewalk on Northwest Highway as snow falls in Des Plaines. Bialas said he was headed for a warm dinner and coffee nearby.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 

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