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Winter storm fizzles out

A Bobcwith plow shovels empty parking lot Friday Dundee-Crown High School. District 300 decided Thursday night close schools due snowstorm.

A Bobcat with a plow shovels and empty parking lot Friday at Dundee-Crown High School. District 300 decided Thursday night to close schools due to the snowstorm. February 22, 2013 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 22, 2013 1:00PM



The winter storm with predictions of up to 8 inches of snow overnight fizzled out, leaving Elgin with a little over 2-inch snowfall and most students, without a snow day.

Some private schools in the city called off classes, including Elgin Academy, Da Vinci Academy, Harvest Christian Academy and Westminster Christian School.

And nearby Community Unit School District 300 had closed all its schools just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday night. That’s a decision spokesperson Allison Strupeck said it stands by this morning based on the information it had last night and the challenges it has as a large district, with bus routes spanning country roads and five-lane highways.

“There’s no regrets in this situation because safety was the top priority with the information available, but it’s always a learning process trying to reconcile the forecasts versus helping our parents and families plan accordingly,” Strupeck said.

District 300 has received only a “handful” of responses from parents about that decision, she said. And if it had waited until morning, that might have been a different decision, such as a late start, she admitted.

None of those schools in the Carpentersville-based district have cancelled any after-school activities as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to messages from principals to families, according to the spokesperson.

Plow drivers worked through the night, plowing and salting Elgin roads, according to the city.

Drivers were still in the residential routes this morning plowing the centers and applying salt. Those routes should be completely finished by early afternoon.

The city asked motorists to exercise caution when driving this morning as there may still have been a slick spot or two on the roadway.

Since Elgin reached the two-inch snowfall mark, residents are encouraged to remove their cars from the street so the plows can do a good job clearing the snow from city streets. Expect that snow route ticket and towing may be enacted.

Additional flurries are anticipated throughout the remainder of the day.



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