Additional snow and ice could make roads slick for revelers


As a third snow-making event enters our area in less than a week, the National Weather Service has Franklin County and much of Southern Illinois under a Winter Weather Advisory.

The advisory is in effect from noon Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

NWS meteorologists expect one to two inches of light snow this afternoon and overnight, but the periods of freezing rain that will likely accompany it are the bigger concern.

The precipitation has already started with light rain in some of Franklin County this morning. After midnight tonight, just as New Year’s Eve revelers have said hello to 2013 and are heading home, snow and sleet are expected to dominate.

You are advised to keep a close eye on weather conditions today; you may need to change holiday plans tonight based on road conditions and what is expected as the front moves through the area.


Blowing snow to continue into afternoon; Officials urge residents to stay home

As the sun rises on Franklin County this morning, roads are piled with several inches of snow, and driving conditions are extremely dangerous. Officials are urging all residents to stay home.


National Weather Service meteorologists continue to forecast snowfall for Franklin County through around noon today, Dec. 26, and say wind gusts could keep the snow on the move and affecting visibility through late afternoon.

Trained NWS weather spotters are reporting snowfall totals between 4 and 7 inches in Southern Illinois, as of 6 a.m. A total of 6 to 12 inches is expected in Franklin County. Officials say the snowfall will be difficult to measure because it is blowing and drifting. Wind gusts are measuring 30 to 40 miles per hour.

This is making travel extremely dangerous. While roads may not be extremely slick at this point, visibility is very low, and it can be difficult to even find the roads.

Road crews are out working, but say it will be impossible to keep roadways safe until the snow and winds have died down.

Officials are urging people to stay home. Schools are closed for the Christmas break, and all county offices and the courthouse are closed, as well as local healthcare centers. is receiving reports that many other businesses will be closed today, including many private medical offices. If you have appointments today, you are advised to call first to see if the business is planning to open before leaving home.

Officials also remind you that calls to 911 should be reserved for emergency situations only. Do not call 911 to try to get updates on road conditions or closures. has a continuously updated list of weather-related closures at this link.

For road condition information, check the Getting Around Illinois Web site, or call 1-800-452-4368.

Cold wind gusts can also be damaging to skin and increase frostbite threat. If you must venture outside, you should ensure that your face and hands are covered, leaving no exposed skin. While children may be itching to get outside this morning, it is best to keep them in until the storm has passed and the winds have subsided. The good news for the kiddos, though, is that the snow won’t be going anywhere, and it’s heavy and wet — just right for making an epic snowman when it’s safe to do so.


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