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  • Adam Newell starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.

       Adam Newell starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A car is 3/4 buried on a residential street in Elgin Wednesday morning as the area endures one of the worst blizzards in memory.

       A car is 3/4 buried on a residential street in Elgin Wednesday morning as the area endures one of the worst blizzards in memory.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Plows dig out from a pedestrian makes his way through the blizzard in Aurora on Wednesday morning.

       Plows dig out from a pedestrian makes his way through the blizzard in Aurora on Wednesday morning.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Snowdrifts along Williams Ave. in St. Charles measure well over 26 inches in some places after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.

       Snowdrifts along Williams Ave. in St. Charles measure well over 26 inches in some places after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Whiteout conditions still exist on Northwest Highway east of Arlington Heights Road as the blizzard continues Wednesday in Arlington Heights.

       Whiteout conditions still exist on Northwest Highway east of Arlington Heights Road as the blizzard continues Wednesday in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • A Mundelein Public Works plow tries to clear Huntington Drive as the blizzard continues to sweep through the area Wednesday in Lake County.

       A Mundelein Public Works plow tries to clear Huntington Drive as the blizzard continues to sweep through the area Wednesday in Lake County.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Scalia starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.

       Mark Scalia starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • An Elk Grove resident watches a snowmobiler zoom by on Leicester Road, Wednesday morning in Elk Grove Village.

       An Elk Grove resident watches a snowmobiler zoom by on Leicester Road, Wednesday morning in Elk Grove Village.
    SCOTT SANDERS | Staff Photographer

  • Luis Santos of Elgin walks down College Green Drive Wednesday morning as the snow blows in his face.

       Luis Santos of Elgin walks down College Green Drive Wednesday morning as the snow blows in his face.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Scalia starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.

       Mark Scalia starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • John Wilson of Lake Villa clears several driveways along Huntington Drive in Mundelein as the blizzard continues to sweep through the area Wednesday in Lake County.

       John Wilson of Lake Villa clears several driveways along Huntington Drive in Mundelein as the blizzard continues to sweep through the area Wednesday in Lake County.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • A snowdrift block the front door of this St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.

       A snowdrift block the front door of this St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Steve Kern of Mundelein tries to dig out his car after the blizzard pounded the area Tuesday night in Lake County.

       Steve Kern of Mundelein tries to dig out his car after the blizzard pounded the area Tuesday night in Lake County.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • The front entrance of a Mundelein home is iblocked by snow drifts after the blizzard swept the area last night in Lake County.

       The front entrance of a Mundelein home is iblocked by snow drifts after the blizzard swept the area last night in Lake County.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Parked cars buried in snow along Prarieview in Aurora after the blizzard on Wednesday.

       Parked cars buried in snow along Prarieview in Aurora after the blizzard on Wednesday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A snowplow on Arlington Heights Road crosses Northwest Highway Wednesday morning in Arlington Heights. The National Weather Service is saying travel by car may cost your life.

       A snowplow on Arlington Heights Road crosses Northwest Highway Wednesday morning in Arlington Heights. The National Weather Service is saying travel by car may cost your life.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Pine Avenue north of Northwest Highway is desolate with the snow still coming down hard Wednesday in Arlington Heights.

       Pine Avenue north of Northwest Highway is desolate with the snow still coming down hard Wednesday in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Thomas Smith of Elgin set out on foot to check out the conditions Wednesday morning as the area endures one of the worst blizzards in memory. "It's so unusual," he said ."I just had to check it out." "I'm sending pictures to people I know if Florida and Las Vegas."

       Thomas Smith of Elgin set out on foot to check out the conditions Wednesday morning as the area endures one of the worst blizzards in memory. "It's so unusual," he said ."I just had to check it out." "I'm sending pictures to people I know if Florida and Las Vegas."
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Leighton Glim, 10 shovels as his dad Bob works with a snowblower to starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.

       Leighton Glim, 10 shovels as his dad Bob works with a snowblower to starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Bob Glim struggles to get through the snow with his snowblower while clearing his sidewalk in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.

       Bob Glim struggles to get through the snow with his snowblower while clearing his sidewalk in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Plows dig out from the blizzard in Aurora on Wednesday.

       Plows dig out from the blizzard in Aurora on Wednesday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A Crystal Lake resident hacks away at his driveway with a snowblower along Route 176 Wednesday morning.

       A Crystal Lake resident hacks away at his driveway with a snowblower along Route 176 Wednesday morning.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • A woman takes her dog for a walk along Glen Ave. in Crystal Lake Wednesday morning.

       A woman takes her dog for a walk along Glen Ave. in Crystal Lake Wednesday morning.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Crystal Lake resident David Ferguson takes a break from digging out his driveway Wednesday morning.

       Crystal Lake resident David Ferguson takes a break from digging out his driveway Wednesday morning.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • People try to brave the roads as snow hits the Elgin area Wednesday.

       People try to brave the roads as snow hits the Elgin area Wednesday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • A car navigates the snow-filled roads after large amounts of snow fell on the Elgin area Wednesday.

       A car navigates the snow-filled roads after large amounts of snow fell on the Elgin area Wednesday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Snow covers North Edison Street in Elgin Wednesday morning.

       Snow covers North Edison Street in Elgin Wednesday morning.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The clearing of the snow begins as large amounts of snow hits the Elgin area.

       The clearing of the snow begins as large amounts of snow hits the Elgin area.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Stephanie Roberts of Elgin digs out her car using an ice scraper Wednesday morning. She stayed at a friends house last night when travel became impossible.

       Stephanie Roberts of Elgin digs out her car using an ice scraper Wednesday morning. She stayed at a friends house last night when travel became impossible.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A side-view mirror is about the only evidence that a car lies beneath a snow bank in Elgin Wedensday morning.

       A side-view mirror is about the only evidence that a car lies beneath a snow bank in Elgin Wedensday morning.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A privately-owned snow plow is the only vehicle in sight along McLean Blvd. around sunrise Wednesday morning.

       A privately-owned snow plow is the only vehicle in sight along McLean Blvd. around sunrise Wednesday morning.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Dan Hess of Elgin gets a face full of snow as he tries to clear his driveway Wednesday morning.

       Dan Hess of Elgin gets a face full of snow as he tries to clear his driveway Wednesday morning.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A vehicle was abandoned by its driver in the middle of a street in Elgin Wednesday morning.

       A vehicle was abandoned by its driver in the middle of a street in Elgin Wednesday morning.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Rose Cantu of Elgin says she actually likes shoveling the snow and decided to do it before the plows came through her townhouse community Wednesday.

       Rose Cantu of Elgin says she actually likes shoveling the snow and decided to do it before the plows came through her townhouse community Wednesday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Plows dig out from the blizzard in Aurora on Wednesday.

       Plows dig out from the blizzard in Aurora on Wednesday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • People try to dig themselves out from the blizzard in Aurora on Wednesday.

       People try to dig themselves out from the blizzard in Aurora on Wednesday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Kids play in the winter wonderland Wednesday following the blizzard.

       Kids play in the winter wonderland Wednesday following the blizzard.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Abandoned cars dot the landscape in Palatine Wednesday morning.

       Abandoned cars dot the landscape in Palatine Wednesday morning.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Snow drifts pile up to the windows following overnight snow.

       Snow drifts pile up to the windows following overnight snow.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Stacey Colin, 7, of Palatine helps her dad dig their car out from under a huge snow drift Wednesday morning.

       Stacey Colin, 7, of Palatine helps her dad dig their car out from under a huge snow drift Wednesday morning.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Buried cars line the streets in Palatine as their owners dig out from the overnight snowstorm that hit the Chicagoland.

       Buried cars line the streets in Palatine as their owners dig out from the overnight snowstorm that hit the Chicagoland.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee road in Palatine is void of traffic in the early morning of the blizzard of 2011.

       Dundee road in Palatine is void of traffic in the early morning of the blizzard of 2011.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Sean and Maryann Kopeny of Palatine walk the loney streets Wednesday morning.

       Sean and Maryann Kopeny of Palatine walk the loney streets Wednesday morning.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • William and his son Jacob RaRocca dig out their driveway in Palatine Wendesday.

       William and his son Jacob RaRocca dig out their driveway in Palatine Wendesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Hamlen of Palatine is a bit frosty after using his snowblower at his house.

       Mark Hamlen of Palatine is a bit frosty after using his snowblower at his house.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Drifts block garage doors Wednesday morning in Arlington Heights.

       Drifts block garage doors Wednesday morning in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • The mailman's pledge may be put to the test today as four-foot drifts remain at Pine Avenue and Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights Wednesday morning. Village Hall is in the background.

       The mailman's pledge may be put to the test today as four-foot drifts remain at Pine Avenue and Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights Wednesday morning. Village Hall is in the background.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • The Glenview Metro train station was empty Wednesday morning as they were operating on a modified schedule because of the storm.

       The Glenview Metro train station was empty Wednesday morning as they were operating on a modified schedule because of the storm.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Franklin De La Porre's car is completely under snow in an alley of his Glenview home Wednesday.

       Franklin De La Porre's car is completely under snow in an alley of his Glenview home Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Andrew Kaar, 12, of Glenview was out early Wednesday to earn money shoveling walkways.

       Andrew Kaar, 12, of Glenview was out early Wednesday to earn money shoveling walkways.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Shops on Glenview Road were buried in five-foot drifts in Glenview Wednesday.

       Shops on Glenview Road were buried in five-foot drifts in Glenview Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A maintenance worker removes snow from the parking lot at The Clipper's Edge on Dewes Street in Glenview.

       A maintenance worker removes snow from the parking lot at The Clipper's Edge on Dewes Street in Glenview.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Snow covered streets in Glenview Wednesday.

       Snow covered streets in Glenview Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Snow is piled up in Glenview Wednesday.

       Snow is piled up in Glenview Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Brad Strohl of Aurora works at digging out his driveway from the blizzard Wednesday. He wasn't planning on going anywhere, but wanted to get the shoveling done before temperatures dropped on Thursday.

       Brad Strohl of Aurora works at digging out his driveway from the blizzard Wednesday. He wasn't planning on going anywhere, but wanted to get the shoveling done before temperatures dropped on Thursday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 

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