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Winter Weather Advisory

Fresh snowfall and blowing snow has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Weather Advisory for east-central Illinois. The advisory is in effect until mid-morning. Blowing snow has reduced visibility and led to some traffic accidents.

Northwest winds are producing areas of blowing snow with near whiteout conditions. Roads are snow covered and hazardous.

A few school districts have closed or are on delayed-schedules.

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Vermilion County deputies injured in I-74 crash

A semi-tractor trailer and two other vehicles were involved in a crash last (Monday) on I-74 near Oakwood. Two Vermilion County Sheriff's deputies were injured.

Another person was also hurt when the semi jack knifed and crashed into the squad car and another vehicle.

Illinois State Police report the crash happened about 10 pm in the west-bound lanes. Police reported the semi approached the scene where the deputies were investigating an earlier crash.

The deputies and the semi driver were treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The two Vermilion County deputies were not identified. The semi driver is a 34-year-old man from Georgia. He was cited for driving too fast for conditions. A female driver of the third vehicle involved was from Danville.

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Suspect ditches police in Saturday chase

Iroquois County sheriff's police continue a search for a get-away suspect who led authorities on a chase Saturday night. The unidentified driver led police into four counties, reaching speed at over 90 mph.

An attempted to stop of a pickup just after 10:30 pm on traffic violations west of Gilman on U.S. Route 24 started the chase. The driver fled and entered parts of Ford, Kankakee and Livingston counties.

Police pursued the vehicle but then lost sight of it near Cullom in northern Ford County. The vehicle was found about 4:45 am Sunday at a residence in Onarga. The truck wasn''t reported stolen. The owner dropped it off at a private residence for repairs before the pursuit.

Charges will include aggravated fleeing and eluding.

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Dwight teens nabbed selling heroin at Braidwood motel

Braidwood Police report two teenagers have been arrested at the Braidwood Motel, selling heroin. The arrests come just days after a major heroin bust in the community in which two men were arrested.

An anonymous tip led police to a motel room where officers found needles in open view. The two teens from Dwight are 18 year old Anthony Alvarez and 19 year old Tabitha Powell. Federal agents acted on the tip along with Braidwood police. A search turned up 262 bags of heroin, worth about 25-hundred dollars.

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Frigid temps this week; health officials urge caution

Frigid, single-digit temperatures will be around through at least mid-week.  The winter season's first cold snap took hold Sunday.  The NWS says temps may reach the mid 30s by the end of the week.

Health officials and the Red Cross advising pople to be ready and dress proper for the cold.  Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent the loss of body heat.  Know the signs of hythothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Watch for signs of frostbite.  Bring pets indoors, if possible. 

Fire officials also warn about heating devices. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.  Carbon monoxide may result which could be fatal.  And be careful using space heaters.

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