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Mix of Rain & Snow -- Weather Advisory

Special Statement
Statement as of 5:25 AM January 16, 2012

...Wintry mix and snowfall possible late tonight and Tuesday...

With rising temperatures and an increase in moisture out ahead of an approaching surface low...light rain or drizzle...and fog will develop across much of northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana today. This surface low will then move east through the area tonight with an associated cold front ushering in much colder air...providing a transition to a wintry mix and then snow on Tuesday.

Current indications are that this light rain will transition to light freezing rain late tonight and early Tuesday morning for areas northwest of a line from La Salle to Chicago.
Although...this should be a brief window with no ice accumulation expected. A transition to all snow is then expected to occur through mid morning Tuesday for all areas in northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Before the snow ends Tuesday afternoon...a few inches of snow can be expected with locally higher amounts possible.

Details regarding freezing rain and snowfall potential will likely need further refinements and persons planning travel across the region late tonight and Tuesday should closely monitor later forecasts and statements.

More weather details online at www.wgfaradio.com



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Dr. King Holiday Observances in Kankakee County

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. FOUNDATION of KANKAKEE COUNTY is hosting holiday observances in honor of the slain civil rights leader.  The legal holiday is observed Monday.  But activities today (Sat) and Sunday will precede Monday’s holiday observance.

An Open House today (Sat) is at the Kankakee Public Library 12 Noon ‘til 4 pm.  Film screenings, guest readings, and children’s activities will be held in the 4th Floor Conference Room

A 4 pm Gospel Fest at the House of Prayer Church of God on E. Court Street in Kankakee is schedule for Sunday.

Monday’s events include the Annual Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 am at the Quality Inn in Bradley.  A Motorcade then heads to the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Kankakee. 


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Illinois 9 Reopened at Gibson City after Train Derailment

GIBSON CITY — Illinois 9 near Gibson City is  reopened after two train tanker cars filled with ethanol derailed but remained upright Thursday.

There was no leak and no injury reported.  The highway was cleared and allowed to reopen around 1 am today.

There was a temporary evacuation of a few businesses Thursday near the One Earth Energy Ethanol Plant.

 Ford County Emergency Management Agency Director Dennis Higgins said Illinois 9 was closed for about one mile on Gibson City’s west side from Illinois 47 to Ford County Road 300 North.  That was a precaution since the tank cars were close to a power pole. A detour was marked.

City and county police and firefighters were at the scene.

The incident occurred just south of the One Earth Energy ethanol production plant,  just west of Gibson City. The rail-spur lines runs through the plant grounds. The cars left the track about a half mile west of the Illinois 47/9 intersection.


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Winter Weather Advisory Cancelled, 4-5 inches Recorded

...Winter Weather Advisory is cancelled...

The National Weather Service in Chicago has cancelled the Winter Weather Advisory.

Snowfall has decreased in intensity early this morning...and little to no additional accumulation is expected. Some blowing and drifting snow will continue this morning as winds remain gusty out of the northwest. However...significant restrictions to visibilities are no longer expected.

On average, four to five plus inches of snow was recorded locally in Iroquois County.  The Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais area had reports of over five inches.  Chatsworth recorded four inches. There was three to 3.5 inches of snow in the Bloomington area and three inches at Danville.

Slick roads and blowing and drifting finds some schools closed or operating on delayed schedules.


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Update: Train Hauling Ethanol Derails in Ford County >

GIBSON CITY, Ill. (AP) -- A train carrying ethanol derailed in central Illinois Thursday, slipping off railroad tracks near Gibson City in Ford County.

Ford County Emergency Management Agency Director Dennis Higgins said three tanker cars derailed but no ethanol spilled or leaked. Traffic on a 1-mile stretch of Illinois 9 was diverted around the scene of the derailment, near the One Earth Energy ethanol plant. Higgins said there was no injuries were reported but emergency workers evacuated nearby businesses as a precaution.

The train cars remained upright but dug into the ground after spur track, near the ethanol plant,  broke.  Illinois 9 should be reopened by this (Friday) morning.  A work crew from the St. Louis area was called to upright the derailed tank cars.

Norfolk Southern Railroad officials are investigating the incident.


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