Most of Illinois' interstates are reported as snow- and ice-covered.
Local highways and streets are also snow-covered. Drifting snow and
cold are making travel hazardous.
If you must travel, take an emergency kit. You can check state
road conditions by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), Illinois Tollway
information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI (1-800-865-5394) or check online at
www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the "Winter
According the National Weather Service:
"The Winter Storm
that produced up to a foot of snow in Effingham and Neoga
(unofficial reports), has shifted well off to our east. However,
strong northwest winds will result in some blowing and drifting snow
through the day today.
"Brutally cold air
will spend the next several days over the area with wind chill
readings of from 35 to near 50 below zero at times. A Wind Chill
Warning is in effect through Tuesday morning. Actual air
temperatures today will range from 5 below to 13 below zero with
tonight's lows dipping to between 9 below and 16 below zero."
Springfield set a daily snowfall record of 9.6 inches on Sunday. The old
record of 2.7 inches was set in 1969.
For Lincoln, snowfall was measured at 7.4 inches. Significant
drifting began on Sunday, making plowing efforts difficult.
Numerous communities shut down main thoroughfares. In
Bloomington, Veterans Parkway was closed on Sunday afternoon.
West winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph Monday and
continued windy conditions on Tuesday are expected to create poor
visibilities at times Monday and contribute to significant drifting
State and local officials are advising everyone not to travel if
you do not have to and to stay in, stay warm, stay safe.
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From the National Weather Service:
A wind chill warning remains in effect until noon Tuesday for the
counties of Knox, Stark, Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, Fulton,
Tazewell, McLean, Schuyler, Mason, Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign,
Vermilion, Cass, Menard, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Macon,
Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Shelby, Cumberland, Clark,
Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richland and Lawrence, including
the cities of Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Havana,
Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Jacksonville, Springfield,
Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon, Shelbyville, Effingham,
Flora and Lawrenceville.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln also provided the
following summary at 4:38 a.m. Monday:
Wind: Northwest winds will continue to gust to 30 to 35 mph
Monday. Strong winds and fresh snowfall will result in blowing and
Wind chills: Temperatures will remain below zero in many
areas Monday. These bitterly cold temperatures will combine with the
wind to produce wind chill values from 35 below to nearly 50 below
zero into Tuesday morning.
Impacts: The gusty northwesterly winds will produce some
blowing and drifting snow, which could create hazardous driving
conditions on some rural roads and county highways. The bitter wind
chill temperatures expected can rapidly produce frostbite and lead
to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.
Precautionary, preparedness actions: A wind chill warning
means the combination of very cold air and strong winds will create
dangerously low wind chill values. This will result in frostbite and
lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.