Another Snowstorm for Central Illinois
By Jim Meadows
Cancelations and closings are once again the rule, as a new snowstorm sweeps across central Illinois.
Many banks, public libraries and other institutions and businesses announced early closings for Tuesday, or the cancelation of Tuesday night meetings and events. The Champaign City Council and Urbana School Board meetings for Tuesday night have been canceled.
Eastern Illinois University has canceled classes and activities for Tuesday night and Wednesday. Some schools let class out early Tuesday afternoon, but had not made announcements about Wednesday classes as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Closings and cancelations will be updated in the “Severe Weather Closings” section on the WILL website.
Illinois State Police reported at 5 PM Tuesday that roads in in east-central Illinois were snow-covered and slippery, with visibility down due to blowing snow. Police are advising motorists to reduce speed in areas of blowing snow, and be especially careful at night.
The National Weather Service predicts a total snow accumulation of 6 to 9 inches in much of central Illinois, by mid-morning on Wednesday (5 to 8 inches is forecast for Ford County). A winter storm warning is in effect until noon on Wednesday, for an area including the entire WILL Severe Weather Coverage Area: Champaign, Vermilion, De Witt, Piatt, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles and Ford Counties. The snow is expected to be followed by the return of sub-zero temperatures on Wednesday night.