Winter Weather Preparedness Week: A good time to get prepared for what lies ahead

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[November 15, 2016]  LINCOLN - This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in the state of Illinois.

Each year, Illinois averages five major winter storms which have millions of dollars in impacts and results in more than 27,000 vehicle crashes with more than 4,300 injuries and nearly 50 fatalities.

Now, before that first big storm hits, not when it is on its way, or already here, is the time to prepare.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln is providing information about winter weather hazards as well as how to prepare yourself, your family, vehicles, and home for what may lay ahead.

According to Chris Miller of the Lincoln NWS, this winter is predicted to be colder and with more winter storms than last year, so plan early, and stay safe this winter.

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Winter Weather Trivia and Facts

The coldest temperature on record in the state occurred on January 5, 1999 when the mercury dipped to -36 F near Congerville in Woodford County.

In Illinois, snow and ice covered roads result in an average of 27,900 vehicle crashes each year.

The average liquid water to snow ratio in central IL is 13:1.  (This means, on average, there are 13.0 of snow for every 1.00 of liquid / melted snow)

Locations from just south of Quincy, through Lincoln, to Watseka experience more freezing rain and ice storms than any other part of the state, on average.

Read the entire NWS Fact Sheet

[Chris Miller, National Weather Service - Lincoln]

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