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District 21 State Police Winter Weather Travel Advisory

                                       Monday Morning January 6, 2014

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties are reminding drivers to take precautions as they travel.

The Illinois State Police are advising motorists to stay home today. Interstate 57 is down to one lane throughout Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties due to snow and ice. Sever blowing snow on Interstate 57 between Ashkum and Buckley is causing the roadway to be impassable at times. All secondary roads are still snow covered and impassable.

Last night motorist were transported to numerous warming centers in the Gilman and Paxton area. All Gilman and Paxton hotels are currently full at this time.

The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to monitor changing weather conditions, limit their travels, and be prepared to allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Drivers are also encouraged to put extra water, food, and warm clothing their vehicle. Please contact your nearest police department if you vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash.

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Church bus stranded in snow, 11 people rescued

Eleven people onboard a church bus bound for Chicago were rescued in Iroquois County after the bus became stuck in a ditch.

The Crescent-Iroquois Fire Protection District located the bus after those onboard huddled to stay warm for about 90 minutes Saturday night. The call for help came in about 8:30 pm but those on the bus could only say they were somewhere south of Crescent City.

The group of five adults and six children spent time warming up at the Crescent City Community Center, waiting for friends to arrive to bring them back home. The bus was on its way from Danville to Chicago.

Fire and ambulance personnel had to fight the winter elements to locate the bus. Blowing and drifting snow was the main problem.

Meanwhile --- Snow plows in Iroquois County are only assisting emergency vehicles at this time. Motorists are urged to stay home. Roads are impassable and dangerous.
Some area schools are announcing they will be closed again Tuesday.

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URGENT Emergency Notice: Iroquois County Courthouse & Administrative Center closed Monday

WATSEKA -- The Iroquois County Courthouse and the neighboring Administrative Center are closed Monday, January 6, 2014.

County Sheriff Derek Hagen made the announcement Sunday morning after conferring with Chief Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.

Pending weather conditions, the two buildings will resume business Tuesday.

The people called for jury service should call the jury call-in telephone number (815-432-6967) Monday night for further instructions or check this county website (www.co.iroquois.il.us).

People with any court cases should be in contact with their respective attorney for a future court date. Other notices will be sent by mail.

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Winter Storm Warning Sat. night-Sun. midnight

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Winter Storm
Warning for heavy snow... which is in effect from
6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ this evening to midnight CST /1 am EST/
Sunday night. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

For the Winter Storm Warning...

* timing... snow is expected to develop across the area early this
afternoon. However... snowfall rates should increase across the
area tonight into Sunday.

* Main impact... the potential for periods of heavy snow tonight
into Sunday could result in 6 to 10 inches of new snow
accumulation... leading to hazardous travel conditions.

* Other impacts... periods of heavy snow... along with brisk
northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph could result in blowing and
drifting snow with reduced visibility.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are
expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will
make travel very hazardous or impossible.

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Arctic cold, more snow on the way

Much of Central Illinois is under a winter storm watch from Saturday evening through Sunday. The National Weather Service has also increased its snowfall prediction. Expectations call for arctic cold and some blizzard conditions.

Parts of central Illinois could get 6 to 8 inches of snow, starting Saturday, and then temperatures and wind chill factors well below zero Sunday and Monday.

Several area schools and organizations have already cancelled classes and events for Monday.

Community leaders are urged to work with their emergency managers and have response plans in place and warming shelters opened.

The NWS reported as northwest winds increase on Sunday behind the system, blowing snow will become widespread with near blizzard conditions at times. A weather bulletin issued Friday stated "Anyone needing to do any travel should do it on Saturday because Sunday travel will be very dangerous across the area."

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