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Winter Weather Advisory for Monday

A Winter Weather Advisory is again in effect for east-central Illinois from 6 am. until 6 pm (CST) Monday, February 17th.

The National Weather Service is warning that travel is expected to become more hazardous, conditions will worsen as light freezing rain or snow in the morning possibly becomes mixed with sleet in the afternoon.

Snow and ice accumulation is forecast to range from one to three inches and also 3-6 inches. The ice accumulation is expected to be less than a tenth of an inch, but it could cause treacherous traveling conditions. Motorists should remember to slow down and allow plenty of extra time to reach their destination.

Iroquois and Ford counties and Benton County in west-central Indiana finds the Winter Weather Advisory calling for three to six inches of snow...with isolated higher amounts possible. The advisory extends north to the Chicagoland area.

Snow is expected to fall rather heavily at times in those areas, with snowfall rates possibly reaching an inch or more per hour. Snow could briefly mix with sleet or freezing rain well south of the Kankakee River on Monday morning, leading to some ice-covered roads.

The NWS reports travel through Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airports could also be impacted.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and ice means that periods of snow and ice will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for ice or snow-covered roadways and possibly limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

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Manteno couple arrested for filing a false police report

ASHKUM – Illinois State Police arrested a Manteno couple in connection with an alleged hit and run crash in December.

Patrick J. and Kimberley J. Sweetie, both 38, are charged with one count each of filing a false police report, a Class 4 Felony.

On Dec. 24, 2013, the Sweeties called 9-1-1 and told authorities they were northbound on Routes 45/52, just south of 10000N in Kankakee County and claimed their vehicle was struck by another vehicle which then fled. They gave authorities a license plate number and description of the alleged offending vehicle.

During the investigation, it was determined the reported offending vehicle and its owner were not involved in alleged crash.

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Brookfield couple injured in I-57 crash

A distracted driver rolled her vehicle Wednesday on I-57, shutting down the interstate for hour. Illinois State Police cited Ashley Staley of Brookfield (IL) for improper lane usage and failure to wear a seatbelt.

A passenger in the car, Matthew Staley, was ejected from the car. Both were taken by ambulance to Riverside Hospital. Police reported the injuries were not serious.

The car was northbound in Kankakee County just after 5 pm. The driver said she became distracted, over-corrected, then ran into the median where the car rolled once than flipped end-over-end.

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School Bus collides with cow, no serious injury

Four students were taken to the hospital as a precaution after a school bus and a cow collided Tuesday morning. The wandering cow was on Illinois Route 9 at Hoopeston. There was no serious injury. 94.1 WGFA
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House fire displaces occupant, Red Cross assisting

Four fire departments battled a single-story house fire south of Watseka Wednesday. No injury was reported, but the house was destroyed. The American Red Cross is providing help.

County records show the house is owned by Travis Burger of Watseka. The renter was identified as Paul Guittierez.

Woodland Fire Chief Bill Tucker said the rural slick roads made it difficult to get to the scene, firemen were forced to use back roads because a bridge is out service near 1631 N and 2280 E. Tucker reported the cause is unknown. Firemen found the house already engulfed when they arrived.

The call was answered at 3:03 pm. Firefighters were on the scene until 9 pm. Mutual aid for Woodland came from Crescent City, Milford and Watseka.

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