Central Illinois Slammed With Snow

DECATUR - The snow fell fast and thick in Macon County on Friday night.

"The latest I've seen from the National Weather Service was anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of snow overnight sometime," said Lt. Jamie Belcher of the Macon County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office is urging residents to make smart decisions.

"I don't want to tell people to stay home," said Belcher.  "Obviously it's the weekend so people probably have plans.  Just plan ahead."

Brian Williamsen from The Illinois Department of Transportation is doing just that.

"Our crews have been out pre-treating areas," said Williamsen.  "Specifically bridges, overpasses, ramps, the places that tend to freeze up first.  They'll be out there throughout the evening into tomorrow, and once the storm is gone, making sure those roads get cleared for everyone."

Williams says Central Illinois will get more ice than the Northern part of the state.

"The farther south you get, the more it goes from snow to freezing rain, so, you know, there's a little bit of both in the mix there for the area so certainly we want drivers be alert, be aware of that and prepare for slow going out there."

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