We can't seem to catch a break in Central Illinois. Mother Nature will spare us with a day or two, then she returns the bitterly cold air, then another round of snowfall, and the cycle repeats. Currently, we are in that snow phase of the seemingly endless weather pattern. Like most of the time, this approaching winter storm is set to pack a punch on Central Illinois, with snow expected to start from Jacksonville West late this morning into the afternoon. Two to four inches of accumulation is expected by tonight and five to eight inches accumulation when all is said and done by Wednesday. Once the snow starts wrapping up Wednesday afternoon, we will face the problem of blowing/drifting snow due to strong winds. This will cause problems on the roadways. By this point in time, we are all but too familiar with this, but here are some travel safety tips to keep in mind this week. If you can, try to run errands/shopping trips Tuesday morning. Make sure your car has a full tank of gas with blankets and a flashlight. If you must venture out in the upcoming hazardous conditions, allow yourself extra time and plenty of space between you and the snow plows; the snow plows are only out to make travel safe for you and everyone else! Lastly, please slow down. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there have been three fatal crashes in Macon and Champaign Counties and one in Sangamon County so far this year.
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