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
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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.
[Text Received from LOGAN COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY]