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More Snow on the way

SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL PROBABLE TUES AFTERNOON INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM WILL APPROACH THE AREA ON TUES & MOVE OVER THE REGION TUES NIGHT. THIS WILL SPREAD SNOW FROM SO. TO NORTH ACROSS THE REGION TUES AFTERNOON WITH RATES INCREASING BY LATE AFTERNOON & ESPECIALLY TUES EVENING. WHILE SNOWFALL WILL TAPER QUICKLY ON WED MORNING.AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW MAY PERSIST THROUGH THE MORNING HRS.

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUES AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

SNOW BEGINNING TUESDAY AFTERNOON & PERSISTING INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW DEVELOPING TUESDAY NIGHT & POTENTIALLY LASTING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES WITH SNOWFALL HEAVY AT TIMES GREATLY REDUCING VISIBILITY & MAKING FOR POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS TRAVEL.

NORTHERLY WINDS INCREASING TUESDAY NIGHT AND GUSTING TO 20 TO 25 MPH LEADING TO AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW CREATING EVEN FURTHER REDUCED VISIBILITY.

courtesy:  NWS

 

 

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IDOT advises caution; roads being cleared

Illinois transportation officials issued advisories Sunday asking motorists to remain cautious on the state's roads. Lingering snow and ice on some of the state's roadways was still causing some accidents.

IDOT reported conditions are improving on roads and bridges across the state, but problem areas remain.

Local state and county snowplow operators were saying ice and snow patches remain scattered with some areas in central and southern Illinois still covered with snow and ice. They caution, areas that appear clear are still slick from refreezing. And road conditions could become dangerous once temperatures drop.

The Illinois Tollway spent Sunday removing snow from roadway shoulders, ramps and toll plazas after clearing the roads.

Officials say tollway crews and State Police helped more than 75 motorists since Friday night with such things as flat tires, dead batteries and towing cars.

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Saturday Update > Weather Alert

                                              New month, same old weather

                 WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING.

* LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW THROUGH DAYBREAK.THEN SNOW WILL MIX WITH SLEET & FREEZING RAIN THROUGH THIS MORNING WITH A PERIOD OF ALL RAIN EARLY THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE CHANGING BACK TO SNOW EARLY THIS EVENING BEFORE ENDING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION 3 TO 5 INCHES. STORM TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATION UP TO ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE.

* SNOW & ICE COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW.SLEET.OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS & LIMITED VISIBILITIES.& USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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Citizens advised to be aware of Coyotes

Several reports of coyotes being seen in residential neighborhoods has police and conservation officials to be aware.

Coyotes typically avoid people but flocks of coyotes will prey on pets. And pet-owners are advised NOT to leave their pets unattended.

A spokesperson at the Perry Farm in Bourbonnais said the extreme cold and snow-cover finds the coyotes looking for food beyond their normal surroundings.

There have been reports of coyotes being seen in-and-around Watseka, Crescent City, Bradley and Bourbonnais.

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Jobless rates worsen, rising in Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion counties

New unemployment rates show numbers on the rise in East Central Illinois.

Iroquois, Ford and Kankakee county jobless were all up in December compared to November and a year earlier.

Champaign County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in December, up from 7.4 percent in December 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Vermilion County's rate was 12.2 percent in December, up from 10 percent a year earlier.

Statewide, unemployment rates rose in 10 of the 12 metro areas. The other metro areas where rates declined were Chicago and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island.

The number of nonfarm jobs in the Champaign-Urbana metro area dropped by 1,100 over the course of the year, while the number in the Danville metro area dropped by 100.
The Champaign-Urbana metro area includes the counties of Champaign, Ford and Piatt, while the Danville metro area takes in all of Vermilion County.

Here are the December unemployment rates for other counties in East Central Illinois and their change from a year earlier:

— Coles, 8.7, up from 8.
— DeWitt, 8.1, up from 8.
— Douglas, 7.9, up from 7.2.
— Edgar, 9.4, up from 9.1.
Ford, 8.7, up from 7.9.
— Iroquois, 8.4, up from 8.
— McLean, 7.1, up from 6.4.
— Piatt, 8.1, up from 7.3.

Unemployment rates also rose in the cities of Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

Champaign's rate climbed from 7.5 percent to 8.2 percent; Urbana's jumped from 7.8 percent to 9.1 percent; and Danville's leaped from 10.9 percent to 13.9 percent