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Weekend forecast opens Logan County Emergency Operations Center

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[March 01, 2014]  LINCOLN  The Logan County Emergency Management Agency opened the Emergency Operations Center on Friday morning for an anticipated weekend snow event briefing.

Emergency response agencies, local officials, public works and support groups were all present to discuss the impending weather and actions that could be taken if needed.

The National Weather Service is tracking the progress of yet another winter storm expected to affect central Illinois this weekend beginning Saturday night. While it is yet unknown just how much snow there could be, it will be spread out over time with the highest snowfall amount anticipated on Sunday. The forecast indicates more icy conditions are likely to the south.

At the time of the conference, two to three inches snow was anticipated over night on Saturday with another possible four to eight inches expected on Sunday. The National Weather Service expectation on Friday was that there could be between eight to 10 inches snow accumulation by end of Sunday.

Following the snow, a period of frigid temperatures is expected with Monday's high forecasted at 17 degrees and a night time low of -1 degrees F. It is anticipated that road crews would be able to keep up with the snow rate.
However, if salt were to be used and cause melting, the low temperatures could create a glaze over roadways that would complicate driving conditions on Monday and Tuesday.

The public is advised to monitor conditions before choosing to travel during this anticipated snow, snow and ice mix to the south event.

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Motorists are urged to slow down and to travel only if necessary during this snow event.

Two designated warming stations will be on standby in the Lincoln area: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Lincoln Rural Fire Department.

The fire departments, law enforcement and public works are on alert. Also the Snowmobile Team will be on standby.

Motorists are also reminded that the Salt Creek Bridge on the Lincoln Parkway south of Lincoln is expected to close this weekend and remain closed until November.


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