Central Illinois hit hardest by snow


DECATUR - In a span of less than 24 hours, central Illinois was converted into a winter wonderland.

Road crews were busy throughout Saturday morning working to make sure the roads are in good working order for commuters.

Snow was falling well into the morning. Dozens of accidents were reported. As of 9:30 Saturday morning, parts of the area reported more than six inches of snow.

The wintry weather stretched from the top to the bottom of the state but hit the central region hardest.

That's according to meteorologist Dan Smith of the National Weather Service in Lincoln, Ill.

Rushville and Mt. Zion received 8 1/2 inches, with 6 to 8 inches falling in the Champaign-Urbana area.

McLean County got up to 7 inches, and 5 to 6 inches fell in Galesburg, Lincoln, Peoria and Springfield.

Smith expected the storm to taper off to flurries Saturday afternoon before temperatures fall into the teens with wind chills in the single digits by Sunday morning.

Smith says unusually chilly December temperatures have averaged 1 degree colder than normal.


In Chicago, airlines have canceled nearly 100 flights out of Chicago's two airports because of a snowstorm that is reducing visibility.

The Chicago Department of Aviation says more than 80 flights out of O'Hare International Airport have been canceled, along with another 12 at Midway International Airport.

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