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Hazardous Driving Conditions Following Winter Storm

Many of the roads in Iroquois County and across East-Central Illinois still pose slick and hazardous conditions, despite snow plows having been busy overnight. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports snowfall amounts range from about five-inches to nine inches; some isolated patches total 9-10 inches.

Several routes are still snow-packed and hazardous this morning (Mon 3/25). Light snow was continuing to fall across the area this morning, but the Winter Storm Warning ended at 7 a.m. in Illinois.

The NWS reports visibility may still be a problem in some rural areas during the afternoon.

State, County, Township and Municipal plows are busy this morning. Some school districts have cancelled classes today.

The warning aas been extended until noon for Central and West-Central Indiana.  

Some of the snow totals reported:

Watseka: 5.2, 6.0, 7.0

Milford: 5.5, 6.0
Hoopeston: 6.0 inches

Paxton: 6.0, 7.5
Tilton: 7.0 inches
Springfield: 12 inches
Urbana: 11.5 inches

Bloomington: 7.4 inches

Danville:  8.0 inches

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Emergency Travel Advisory

ISP D-21 emergency travel advisory

March 24, 2013

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties are urging drivers to travel for emergencies only.

The Illinois State Police District 21 is currently under winter weather advisory. As the storm continues to pass through the area, the roadways have become hazardous. Many roads are snow covered and slippery. The combination of snow and winds will cause roadways to become icy and dangerous to drive on. Troopers are currently handling a number of vehicles in the ditch.

Please contact your nearest police department if your vehicle becomes disabled or involved in a crash. If you must travel make sure someone is aware of your travel route, slow down, and buckle up. Motorists need to keep updated on the latest weather forecast. Motorist can check current travel conditions by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), or online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the “Winter Road Conditions” icon.

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Winter Storm Warning

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT MONDAY.

 

* TIMING.SNOW.RATHER HEAVY AT TIMES.WILL TAPER OFF TO LIGHT SNOW & FLURRIES OVERNIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION.STORM TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES.HEAVIEST TOTALS SOUTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 24.

* WINDS.NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL HIGHER GUSTS. THESE STRONG WINDS WILL RESULT IN BLOWING & DRIFTING SNOW.ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

* OTHER IMPACTS.THE SNOW WILL ALSO BE WET & HEAVY. & FOR THOSE WITH HEALTH CONCERNS THIS SNOW TYPE COULD BE DANGEROUS TO SHOVEL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL LIKELY MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS IN PLACES. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL.KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT. FOOD.& WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

94.1 FM, WGFA

***  See listing of cancellations on line at www.wgfaradio.com ***

 

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Winter Storm Watch -- Iroquois, Ford County

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUN MORNING THROUGH MON MORNING.

* TIMING….LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD NE INTO THE WATCH AREA SUN MORNING. SNOWFALL INTENSITY WILL INCREASE WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW FORECAST TO FALL SUN AFTERNOON & SUNDAY EVENING. LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT SUNDAY INTO MONDAY BUT ONLY MINOR ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED DURING THIS TIME.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION.IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA;.ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF U.S HIGHWAY 24.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 25 MPH SUNDAY WITH SOME GUSTS OF 30 TO 35 MPH DURING THE AFTERNOON. STRONG WINDS WILL PERSIST INTO SUNDAY EVENING WHILE BECOMING NORTHERLY. WINDS WILL THEN GRADUALLY DIMINISH TO 10 TO 15 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 25 MPH BY MON MORNING. THE STRONG GUSTY WINDS MAY RESULT IN BLOWING & DRIFTING SNOW.

* OTHER IMPACTS...SNOW MAY FALL HEAVILY AT TIMES SUNDAY.  SNOWFALL RATES MAY APPROACH 1 INCH PER HOUR MAKING TRAVEL DIFFICULT WITH SOME PORTIONS OF ROADS POTENTIALLY IMPASSABLE DUE TO DRIFTING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW.SLEET.OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

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Early Voting Scheduled For Iroquois County

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher has announced that the County Clerk’s office is open for Early Voting. Registered voters are eligible to vote early if they prefer, in the County Clerk’s Office for the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election.

Early voting was created to allow Iroquois County voters to cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason for wanting to vote early.

Early Voting will be held March 25 – April 6, 2013 in the office of the County Clerk weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additionally, Saturday, April 6, 2013 the Clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. – noon to accommodate early voters. Registered voters casting an early ballot must display valid identification such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

For information concerning Early Voting, please call the County Clerk’s Office at 815-432-6960.