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Give blood and help save lives

PEORIA, Ill. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It's the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Ford County
Feb. 24 from 12-6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 401 N. Church St. in Gibson City, Ill.
Feb. 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 925 North Route 47 in Gibson City, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.

Iroquois County
Feb. 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Crescent City Community Center, 699 County Road 1800 North in Crescent City, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.

Kankakee County
Feb. 17 from 3-6 p.m. at Moose Lodge, 730 N. Kinzie Ave. in Bradley, Ill.
Feb. 20 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lions Hall, Parls Street in Essex, Ill.
Feb. 24 from 2-6 p.m. at Momence Fire Department, 15 N. Pine in Momence, Ill.
Feb. 27 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Feb. 28 from10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.
Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, 550 W. Brookmont Blvd. in Kankakee, Ill.

Livingston County
Feb. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at VFW Hall, 531 Lincoln Ave. in Pontiac, Ill.
Feb. 26 from 12-6 p.m. at Walton Centre, 100 W. Locust St. in Fairbury, Ill.
Feb. 26 from9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VFW Hall, 531 Lincoln Ave. in Pontiac, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

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NWS still predicting new winter storm arriving Tuesday

The National Weather Service continues to predict a new winter storm for Central Illinois with snowfall totaling 5 to 7 inches before all is said and done Tuesday.

The region remains under a winter storm warning from noon Tuesday to noon Wednesday and the city of Bloomington on Monday issued a snow route parking ban, taking effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Snow will begin falling Tuesday afternoon with accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. The high temperature will be about 20 degrees. with a wind chill reading of zero to 10 below zero this morning.

More snow is predicted Tuesday night — 2 to 3 inches — accompanied by wind gusts of up to 25 mph in some areas, said the NWS, adding that will make for treacherous driving conditions.

Wednesday does not call for additional snow but it will remain very cold with a low Wednesday night of 8 below zero. The sun should return on Thursday with a high of around 8 degrees.

There also is a 40 percent chance for more snow on Friday night and Saturday night, according to the weather service.

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More Snow on the way

SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL PROBABLE TUES AFTERNOON INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM WILL APPROACH THE AREA ON TUES & MOVE OVER THE REGION TUES NIGHT. THIS WILL SPREAD SNOW FROM SO. TO NORTH ACROSS THE REGION TUES AFTERNOON WITH RATES INCREASING BY LATE AFTERNOON & ESPECIALLY TUES EVENING. WHILE SNOWFALL WILL TAPER QUICKLY ON WED MORNING.AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW MAY PERSIST THROUGH THE MORNING HRS.

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUES AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

SNOW BEGINNING TUESDAY AFTERNOON & PERSISTING INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW DEVELOPING TUESDAY NIGHT & POTENTIALLY LASTING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES WITH SNOWFALL HEAVY AT TIMES GREATLY REDUCING VISIBILITY & MAKING FOR POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS TRAVEL.

NORTHERLY WINDS INCREASING TUESDAY NIGHT AND GUSTING TO 20 TO 25 MPH LEADING TO AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW CREATING EVEN FURTHER REDUCED VISIBILITY.

courtesy:  NWS

 

 

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IDOT advises caution; roads being cleared

Illinois transportation officials issued advisories Sunday asking motorists to remain cautious on the state's roads. Lingering snow and ice on some of the state's roadways was still causing some accidents.

IDOT reported conditions are improving on roads and bridges across the state, but problem areas remain.

Local state and county snowplow operators were saying ice and snow patches remain scattered with some areas in central and southern Illinois still covered with snow and ice. They caution, areas that appear clear are still slick from refreezing. And road conditions could become dangerous once temperatures drop.

The Illinois Tollway spent Sunday removing snow from roadway shoulders, ramps and toll plazas after clearing the roads.

Officials say tollway crews and State Police helped more than 75 motorists since Friday night with such things as flat tires, dead batteries and towing cars.

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Saturday Update > Weather Alert

                                              New month, same old weather

                 WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING.

* LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW THROUGH DAYBREAK.THEN SNOW WILL MIX WITH SLEET & FREEZING RAIN THROUGH THIS MORNING WITH A PERIOD OF ALL RAIN EARLY THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE CHANGING BACK TO SNOW EARLY THIS EVENING BEFORE ENDING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION 3 TO 5 INCHES. STORM TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATION UP TO ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE.

* SNOW & ICE COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW.SLEET.OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS & LIMITED VISIBILITIES.& USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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