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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - A 12-year-old girl has died in suburban Chicago after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church.

Illinoisans are beginning to brace themselves for a storm the National Weather Service says could bring a half-foot of snow to parts of the state.

Winter Storm Warning Issued Central Illinois

Jan 11, 2019
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SPRINGFIELD - Greater Peoria is now under a winter storm warning beginning tonight, as much of the state prepares for a major winter storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for parts of central and southern Illinois with as many as seven inches of snow forecast.

CHICAGO - The first major blizzard of the season left thousands of travelers stranded, kept tens of thousands of students home from school and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands to homes and businesses.

Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.

Illinois' state climatologist says January weather was colder and drier than normal in the state without much snow.

The Illinois state climatologist says 2017 was the sixth warmest year on record in the state with an average temperature of 54.3 degrees, or 2 degrees above normal.

Illinois climate experts say the state saw the tenth-wettest October since 1895 this year thanks to average statewide precipitation of nearly 5 inches.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for temporary employees to help with snow and ice removal this winter. 

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The Illinois State Police has issued a winter weather travel advisory for this weekend. State Police along with the Department Transportation are urging motorists that travel may be impacted by freezing rain and sleet today through Sunday.

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Illinois State Police District 08 is warning people to take necessary precautions before heading out on the road.  The bitter cold temperatures and the potential for snow overnight prompts the caution. Motorists are encouraged to to keep emergency items inside their vehicles and check road conditions before heading out.

Snowy conditions at O'Hare International Airport have led to a small jet sliding off a runway and a commercial jet sliding on a taxiway.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The weather outside is far from frightful, with temperatures in Illinois running 10 degrees above average for December.


People in the "Let It Snow" camp can take heart. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says a "white Christmas" may still be ahead.

 He says that, in general, the odds of at least an inch of snow on the ground on Dec. 25 are about 40 to 60 percent in the northern third of Illinois, 20 to 40 percent in central Illinois, and zero to 20 percent in southern Illinois. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's motorcade was involved in a two-vehicle crash that injured a State Police trooper as snow fell in the Chicago area.

Snowy weather and subzero temperatures are headed for Illinois this week.

Rain or snow could fall across a big swath of the nation's midsection as holiday travel gets underway.

When it comes to prospects of getting a white Christmas in Illinois, a weather expert says the best bet might be for the folks of northern Illinois.

The Peoria City Council approved reducing the fines for parking on snow routes by $200. City Manager Patrick Urich says changing the fine to $50 daily will help with collecting the parking fines:

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Local, county and state transportation officials say they are ready to combat snow and ice this winter on Illinois roads. But they all agree salt conservation will be important. David Haste is with the city of Peoria’s Public Works Department. He says cities across the state are spending more for salt this year following last year’s snowy winter.

Peoria deals with the thaw

Feb 18, 2014

Peoria drivers and pedestrians are dealing with slushy conditions as the snow continues to melt. City of Peoria road crews are now preparing to handle the steady streams of water crossing sidewalks and roadways. Peoria City Streets manager David Haste says commuters shouldn’t have too much difficulty driving during the heat of the day.

City of Peoria stretching its street salt

Feb 17, 2014

The City of Peoria has used more than 10,000 tons of salt so far this winter season. City Streets manager David Haste says there’s enough salt to last through the rest of the season. But he says his staff are trying to make the salt go further:

Peoria’s second snowiest winter on record

Feb 17, 2014

This winter is the second snowiest on record for the Peoria-area. The National Weather Service says the area has received more than 47 inches so far. That’s about 5.5 inches less than the highest recorded snowfall three years ago.  Kirk Huettl is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln. He says this winter is irregular for the region:

Winter weather hits Illinois trains, too.

Jan 8, 2014

During winter weather, it’s common for flights to be cancelled and roads to be closed. Usually the trains still run without incident. But during the winter storm of the past few days, Amtrak passengers in the region found themselves stranded on trains for hours at time. Illinois Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl reports:

Peoria prepared for major snow storms

Dec 9, 2013

The City of Peoria was prepared to respond to  the area's first major snowfall that occurred Sunday. That’s the message from City Public Works Director Mike Rogers. He says the city has 30 plows ready to respond when needed: