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Will County schools delay start, cancel after-school activities

Although Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, Will County is set for another round of wintry weather this week, and drivers could face hazardous commutes.
Although Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, Will County is set for another round of wintry weather this week, and drivers could face hazardous commutes.

An ice storm warning took effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday and was forecast to end at 6 a.m. Wednesday for Will and several other northern Illinois counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Significant icing from freezing rain was predicted. Ice accumulations between one-tenth and four-tenths of an inch were estimated, with the highest amounts coming along a line from Streator to Morris to Joliet to downtown Chicago.

Joliet School District 86 decided Tuesday to delay all its schools’ start times Wednesday morning.

“In an effort to keep all students and staff safe arriving to school tomorrow morning, due to the ice storm warning forecast, all Joliet Public Schools District 86 schools will have a two-hour delayed start for school,” said Sandy Zalewski, communications and development director for District 86.

Bus routes would also be delayed two hours, and schools would not open until 30 minutes before the revised start times. Dismissal times would remain the same.

Joliet Township High School District 204 also canceled its after-school activities Tuesday and delayed its start Wednesday, as did Troy District 30-C.

Crest Hill officials sent an alert informing residents their garbage pickup would be delayed Wednesday.

Power outages and tree damage were possible because of the ice, according to the National Weather Service. In addition to Will, the warning was in effect for McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Cook, La Salle, Kendall and Grundy counties.

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