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Winter storm forecasters predicted it blew up in central Illinois early Wednesday.
Winter storm Landon swept through the Midwest bringing bands of heavy snow and wind making travel dangerous. The storm was expected to continue through most of Wednesday before a lull then pick up late before receding Thursday afternoon.
Snowfall in Springfield, Illinois
About 2.3 inches of snow had fallen in the Springfield area as of 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln. This snowfall was measured near Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
NWS meteorologist Chuck Schaffer said the heaviest snowfall for the system will be Wednesday morning through noon, when about three to five inches is expected to fall. Another inch of snow was forecast for Wednesday afternoon, Schaffer said, followed by a long break until evening.
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Road conditions in central Illinois
Illinois State Police reported numerous crashes with property damage and landslides as road conditions deteriorated.
Lt. Commander Judy Huffman said in a press release that the roads in Logan County were particularly dangerous and advised motorists to only travel if necessary.
Schaffer said a second part of the storm system was expected after midnight Thursday. This could lead to an extra three to five inches before tapering off around noon.
Buses from the Sangamon Transit District were traveling snow-covered roads on Wednesday, but were considering suspending service.
City of Springfield public works crews were called at 9 p.m. Tuesday in anticipation of a storm that could dump five to 17 inches of snow in the Springfield area through Thursday.
Public Works Director Nate Bottom said he expected the 100 or so workers to work 12-hour shifts until at least Friday to tackle the city’s 1,500 miles of main streets .
Snow emergency in Springfield
Bottom declared a snow emergency for the city Tuesday that extends through 9 p.m. Friday.
As part of the snow emergency, vehicles must be removed from marked snow emergency routes. A route map is available at www.springfield.il.us/snow.
“In all areas, (not on-street parking) helps us improve our efficiency, so we can go curb-to-curb (plowing),” Bottom said.
City Water, Light & Power’s Lake Services and Water divisions will also help, Bottom said. He planned to call in contractors to help with the storm.
If heavier final snow is forecast, Bottom said, crews could potentially drive through 3,000 tons of salt.
Some bridge decks and steeper roads have been pre-treated with brine, Bottom said.
Garbage services delayed
The city’s waste haulers — Republic, Waste Management and Lake Area — have already announced they are delaying services on Wednesday. Republic was also delaying service on Thursday, but the other two carriers were reassessing after Wednesday.
Due to the weather, Bottom said, Public Works was delaying branch pickups for a week.
Some Springfield clinics closed
The following Springfield Clinic locations will be closed on Wednesday or have adjusted hours. Clinics are receiving calls, but due to the snow emergency, many locations are closed and callers may experience longer wait times due to limited staff. Here are the closures or places with limited hours:
Springfield Clinic Main: Family Medicine on 4th floor only; Springfield Clinic Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at HSHS St. John’s Health Center; Springfield Clinic Center for Plastic Surgery; Springfield Clinic Chiropractic – Dr. Windie McKay; Springfield Clinic Downtown Drive-Up Lab: Open 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Springfield Clinic Koke Mill; Springfield Clinic Pediatric and Adolescent Center; Springfield Clinic Rehabilitation Services; Springfield Clinic Rehabilitation Services – Monroe; Springfield Clinic Rehabilitation Services – West Wabash; Springfield Clinic Wabash: Pediatrics and lab on 2nd floor only; Springfield Clinic West Side Drive-Up Lab; Springfield Carlinville Clinic; Springfield Decatur Clinic; Springfield Decatur Lake Shore Clinic; Springfield Decatur MOHA Clinic; Springfield Clinic Decatur Pediatrics; Springfield Effingham Clinic; Springfield Clinic Flora; Springfield Hillsboro East Clinic; Springfield Hillsboro West Clinic; Springfield Clinic Jacksonville; Springfield Lincoln Clinic; Springfield Clinic Macomb: delayed start at 10 a.m.; Springfield Moweaqua Clinic; Springfield Clinic Morton Pediatrics; Springfield Neoga Clinic; Springfield Newton Clinic; Springfield Peoria Clinic; Springfield Clinic Peoria Allergy & Asthma; Springfield Peoria Heights Clinic; Springfield Peoria Lindbergh Clinic – Pediatrics; supervisor of the Springfield Peoria Clinic; Springfield Sherman Clinic; Springfield Clinic Sherman Rehabilitation Service; Stewardson of the Springfield Clinic; Springfield Taylorville Clinic.
This story will be updated.
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