A winter storm watch is in effect for Will County and the Chicagoland area from Thursday morning until Friday morning, with the possibility of 2 to 4 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Wind chills could hit near zero and wind gusts also could reach 35 mph by Thursday evening, causing hazardous blowing and drifting snow, the NWS added.
Will the first significant snow of the winter season be a blizzard or a bust?
Check here throughout the day for updates on how the weather is affecting Frankfort, as well as listings for closings, cancellations, early dismissals and delays. And we want to hear from you. Use our comments section or the Frankfort Patch Facebook page to share important information with other readers about what's happening around the village during the storm.
Cancellations and Delays
UPDATE (4:08 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12)
The wrestling matches set for Thursday night have been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. (Thanks to the reader who alerted me on Facebook.)
All after-school activities and programs for the district's schools are canceled, including the boys basketball and girls volleyball games at .
Its 9:30 a.m. yoga class Friday is canceled. Call before going to any of the gallery's classes Friday.
Drivers Might Have Been Suffering From Snow-Term Memory Loss
UPDATE (5:21 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12): When I asked Frankfort Police Chief John Burica how the day was going late Thursday afternoon, his answer made chuckle.
"It's like any typical first day of snow. A lot of people have forgotten how to drive in it."
Officers dealt with an above average amount of cars skidding off the road and sliding into ditches around village roadways. Drivers tended to follow to closely to the cars in front of them or traveled too fast in areas whre roads were slick, Burica said. Thankfully, police didn't respond to any serious accidents during the day, he added.
Although the department kept its usual day staffing Thursday, Burica said officers worked closely with the village's Public Works Department to help motorists.
How Are the Roads?
(3:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12): I drove around many of the main drags--and not-so-main drags--of Frankfort this afternoon, and road conditions were pretty good. I also can attest to the fact that I saw about five plows within a 10-minute span throughout the downtown and into some of the neighborhoods.
Here's what it was like around 2:30 to 3 p.m.:
- LaGrange Road was clear from Laraway Road to U.S. Route, except for a bit of a rough patch near Nebraska Street.
- Sauk Trail was surprisingly in good condition. Not that I thought crews would do a bad job, but because the wind is really strong out there, blowing snow quickly back on roadways as quickly as it can be plowed away.
- LaGrange Road from Route 30 to St. Francis had been well traveled, and most of the snow had been turned to slush. But that traffic also meant it was slow getting anywhere along the road.
- Route 30, heading west, was fine, with mostly pavement showing. But all the construction and the already slower speed limit meant some backups as you got past Wolf Road in Mokena.
Winter Weather Means Winter Fun
(11:32 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12): The best thing about the snowfall: It means village residents can finally take advantage of the 's sledding hill at . The lights at the park stay on until 9 p.m. every day.
Along with snow for sledding, the colder temperatures mean the ice rinks at can start accommodating skaters, .
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