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updated: 2/21/2014 2:09 PM

Wind to remain through 3 p.m. today, NWS predicts

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  • Snow drifts over Route 176 just west of Island Lake Friday morning. Blowing and drifting snow is making many country roads icy.

       Snow drifts over Route 176 just west of Island Lake Friday morning. Blowing and drifting snow is making many country roads icy.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Strong winds created near white out conditions on the eastbound Jane Addams Tollway west of Elgin Friday morning.

      Strong winds created near white out conditions on the eastbound Jane Addams Tollway west of Elgin Friday morning.
    Christopher Hankins/chankins@daillyherald.com

  • An Island Lake police officer stands by after a driver slides into a ditch along Route 176 Friday morning. Colder and windy weather moved in Friday morning leaving many roads icy.

       An Island Lake police officer stands by after a driver slides into a ditch along Route 176 Friday morning. Colder and windy weather moved in Friday morning leaving many roads icy.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • High winds are causing blowing and drifting snow along Butterfield Road in Libertyville Friday.

       High winds are causing blowing and drifting snow along Butterfield Road in Libertyville Friday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Flood preparations begin

  • Video: Winds roar through Illinois

 
 

Swirling winds caused some minor damages overnight, but officials from the National Weather Service said the winds will only linger until about 3 p.m. this afternoon, which could cause some hazardous commutes Friday.

Officials from the National Weather Service said a low pressure system will continue into this evening, causing winds to remain gusty for all of Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana into this afternoon.

Those winds are expected to diminish with skies becoming partly cloudy this afternoon and temperatures will remain in the upper 20s to middle 30s.

It was an exceptionally windy night Thursday into Friday, as wind gusts of 58 mph were recorded in Waukegan and in Sugar Grove, while 59 mph gusts were recorded at Midway Airport.

Some damage has been reported throughout the area, as a trained spotter in Elburn saw tree limbs and the siding of a house damaged.

Drivers on highways and open areas are being warned to use caution due to the heavy winds, especially drivers of large-profile trucks.

ComEd is reporting only scattered outages are taking place throughout the system early Friday morning.

Heavy winds and dense fog have force the cancellation of more than 500 flights at O'Hare International and Midway airports Thursday. People with flights scheduled to take off Friday are urged to check their airlines prior to heading to the airport.

A weak wave of snow may bring light snow to the region tonight and again Sunday, before another round of arctic will push across the region toward the middle of next week.

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