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On the morning of Feb. 1, as many in the Chicagoland area were preparing for Super Bowl Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) released an urgent blizzard warning for the northeastern counties of Illinois. The announcement warned of snow accumulation ranging from 12 to 16 inches and as much as 18 to the wind gusts ranging from 20 – 40 miles per hour (MPH). Counties that were slated to be affected were: Cook, Will, Kane, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kendall, and DeKalb. To combat Mother Nature’s icy wrath, several state and local agencies sprang into action.