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Winter Weather Creating Hazardous Travel in Logan County and Beyond

(11:57 a.m. Friday announcement)

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[February 22, 2008]  Motorists are advised to use caution in the Logan County area. A mixture of heavy, wet snow moving through the area is making driving extremely hazardous. Currently Interstate 55 is becoming very slick, with near whiteout conditions in some areas. City streets are also becoming snow-packed, making visibility extremely bad.

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Winter Weather Update

(3:24 a.m. Friday announcement)

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[February 22, 2008]  The National Weather Service in Lincoln has canceled the winter weather advisory for the counties of Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Cass and Menard, including the cities of Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

New snowfall Friday is forecast to remain below advisory criteria. Expect additional accumulations around an inch late Friday morning into the early afternoon. The risk of sleet or freezing rain is low.

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A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for the counties of Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar and Shelby, including the cities of Jacksonville, Springfield, Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon and Shelbyville.

Expect a lull in the precipitation early Friday morning, with just a few light flurries from time to time. Snow will likely increase again, with 2 or 3 inches of snowfall from midmorning into midafternoon. Light sleet may mix with the snow from time to time.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

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A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for the counties of Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richland and Lawrence, including the cities of Effingham, Flora and Lawrenceville.

A lull in the precipitation is expected early Friday morning before a wintry mix moves back into the area after dawn. Freezing rain and sleet will be likely from midmorning into early afternoon, with precipitation changing to snow before ending late Friday afternoon. Total ice accumulations may reach one-quarter inch in some spots.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring. This will make travel very hazardous through Friday.

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