The NWS has snow returning to central-Illinois today and tonight. The experts are calling for two to four inches of accumulation before it tapers off late tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory ...effective from noon until midnight tonight.
Motorists are being warned and should expect slippery road conditions and reduced visibility at times. The latest road conditions can be found at http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com or by calling 1-800-452-4368.
In addition to the new snowfall, the forecast calls for brutal cold coming behind it. The arctic cold could very well play into work and school schedules next week. The temperatures are expected to plunge to around 14 below zero Monday night following a New Year’s Day high of 1 above zero. Tuesday’s high is only expected to be around 7 again....with lows Tuesday night down to zero. The bitterly cold weather is expected to continue throughout next week.
Watseka Fire Chief Tim Ketchum reports a gap in the mortar of a residential fireplace caused flames to get into the wall and then the attic. Firemen answered a call to 616 S. 5th Street just before 5 pm Thursday. Firemen were able to control the fire quickly. No injury was reported. Firemen were at the scene about 90 minutes.
County Highway Departments are doing what they can to keep roads clear of ice and snow, but without much sunshine, there’s a limit at what can be done. Many routes are still snow-packed and there’s more snow coming. Up to 4-5 inches could accumulate beginning today.
Temps have been so cold it’s difficult to get much relief. Most of the time, salt and other products help. But not this week.
Maintenance crews say "It takes a whole lot of sunshine for any calcium chloride to work on the roadways. “
There may be positive news on the way soon. Despite below-zero lows expected throughout the three-day weekend, the forecast calls for at least partly a sunny sky starting Saturday.
31-year-old Joshua Hatten of Douglas County will be arraigned today in Ford County Court for aggravated vehicular hijacking, attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking, attempted vehicular hijacking,and burglary.
Hatten is also facing aggravated battery, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident in a series of attempted carjackings December 19 in Paxton.
The Ford County State’s Attorney’s office filed 11 felony charges against Hatten. He allegedly tried hijacking several vehicles after fleeing the scene of a traffic accident in downtown Paxton.
In a prepared news release, State's Attorney Andre Killian said, "The brazen manner in which Mr. Hatten committed the alleged offenses is outrageous, and individuals need to know that if they commit these types of acts in Ford County, they will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Hatten remains at the Ford County Jail in Paxton on Thursday. His bond was set at $300,000.