The weather has been a topic of interest locally and nationally the past week, thanks to heaps of snow and -40 degree windchill temperatures. A farm on Harter Road, north of Perry Road and just outside Kaneville, is nearly hidden by the wind and drifting snow. On New Year’s Day morning, Blackberry Creek in Sugar Grove is peaceful before dangerously cold temperatures swoop in that afternoon. A horse is decked out in a parka to help weather the snow on Jan. 1 on Schneider Road, just south of Keslinger Road. The local snow plows, including this one from Jan. 1 on Keslinger Road, just west of Elburn, have been busy trying to keep up with the snow. As much as 13 inches of snow fell in parts of Kane County, according to crh.noaa.gov. Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville takes a stance against the winter precipitation. Kaneland school buses were idle Monday and Tuesday after schools were canceled due to the extreme cold.