It’s going to be a messy weekend in Will County.
Local municipalities were working around the clock to keep at least the main roads as clear of snow as possible on Friday, but the inclement weather looks to continue throughout the weekend.
There was a narrow band of moderate to sometimes heavy snow over pretty much the entire county that gradually diminished into Friday night. There was steady snowfall throughout the day at about an inch falling every hour, according to the National Weather Service.
Friday morning saw snowfall totals of 5 inches in Joliet and 4.2 inches in Romeoville. By midday, the National Weather Service reported snowfall at about 6.7 inches in Romeoville, where the NWS has its office.
The NWS also reported totals of about 10.3 inches just north of Plainfield and between 7 and 8 inches just north of Joliet on Friday afternoon.
But NWS meteorologist Jaime Enderlen said the snow will continue throughout the weekend.
“We’re not done yet,” she said Friday afternoon. “We’ll see how long that band lasts.”
Enderlen said they’re predicting 1 to 2 inches starting Friday night and into Saturday morning with more snow Saturday evening ending around noon Sunday, which could add 1 to 3 additional inches.
The rate of snowfall posed a challenge for the Joliet Public Works Department. Joliet snowplows were focusing on the main roads throughout Friday to keep up with the new inch of snow falling every hour.
“With this kind of snow intensity, we continue to go over them,” said Mike Eulitz, the department’s public assets supervisor.
Eulitz said the city’s 39 vehicles were going over main roads every two hours or so. They were hoping to get to neighborhood streets around 6 p.m. They were out on the streets starting around 8 p.m. Thursday and expected to be out and about until Saturday afternoon.
School closings helped keep roads relatively clear for plows.
At least for the Will County Sheriff’s Department, there were no major accidents, but the department did handle over 85 minor ones throughout the storm. Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Tom Budde said that was because they handle the county roads which are more “treacherous to navigate.”