Friday, December 29, 2017 Snowfall

Central IL Receives Another Dose of Snowy, Frigid Weather... 

Below is a list of snowfall reports from the Friday, December 29, 2017 event only. Areas north of I-74 received significantly higher totals as expected. The "Latest Snow Depth" graphic includes all snow accumulation going into 2018.  

  • Minonk: 5.5" 
  • Altona: 5.2" 
  • Roanoke: 3.6" 
  • Chenoa: 3.6" 
  • 7 miles NW Peoria: 3.5" 
  • Peoria: 3.1" 
  • 4 miles NE Normal: 3.0" 
  • Galesburg: 3.0" 
  • 2 miles E Spring Bay: 2.8" 
  • 1 mile N Morton: 2.5" 
  • 2 miles N Shirley: 2.5" 
  • Canton: 2.1" 
  • Pekin: 1.8" 

Although the first week of 2018 features ample sunshine, Central Illinois is welcoming 2018 with dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills. The coldest air will likely peak on New Year's Day, with sub-zero high temperatures. A short-lived break from the extreme cold is possible midweek before another surge of Arctic air dominates yet again late week.  

Below are important tips to stay safe, during these brutal winter temperatures, from the National Weather Service: 

  • Make sure space heaters are at least 3 feet away from combustible items. 
  • Make sure you have functional carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea, drowsiness, weakness, and shortness of breath. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning is occurring, call 911 and leave the building immediately. 
  • Never light a grill or wood burner inside your home! Stoves and ovens should not be used as heating sources. 
  • If you lose power or do not have a functioning furnace, seek shelter in a heated location. Check with local authorities for any warming centers that have been set up in your area.  
  • Watch for frostbite, especially on your extremities (feet, hands, nose, ears, etc.). Try to keep these areas covered. 
  • If you suspect frostbite has occurred, get into a heated location and begin warming the affected areas using warm water or body heat. Seek medical attention for severe frostbite. 
  • Beware of hypothermia, which occurs when your body temperature falls below 96 degrees. Symptoms include confusion, difficulty speaking, shivering, sleepiness, and stiff muscles. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect hypothermia is occurring.  
  • Pets should be brought inside if possible. If they have to stay outside, make sure their food and water access is not blocked by ice or snow, and that they have a dry, draft-free enclosure for shelter.

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