Parts of southern Illinois hit by heavy snowfall

CARBONDALE - National Weather Service officials say a winter storm that is making its way through southern Illinois could leave between six and 12 inches in its wake.

According to meteorologists, one to two inches of snow could fall per hour during the storm, with snowfall finally tapering off into Monday afternoon and evening.  The heaviest amounts of snow are expected south of a line from Paris to Springfield to Beardstown.

The storm is already causing headaches for some southern Illinois communities, as Southern Illinois University has closed its offices and canceled its classes in response to the snow.  NWS officials are advising motorists to only travel in areas affected by this storm if it's absolutely necessary, and to use caution on slick or hazardous roads.

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