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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

Central Illinois begins digging out from snow

Maureen Herman of Marseille received got 12 inches of heavy snow. She shared this picture of neighbors snow blowing her sidewalk.

CHAMPAIGN – Snowblowers and shovels were in action across Central Illinois on Friday.

People are digging out after a two-day winter storm that brought 8 to 12 inches of snow to Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Decatur, Springfield, Bloomington and most parts of central Illinois.

According to a tweet from the Illinois State Climatologist, the snowstorm erased major snowfall deficits in areas south of Interstate 80.

Driving remained a challenge for thousands of drivers. On Friday morning the Illinois State Police reported a significant backup on eastbound I-74 in Piatt and Champaign counties because of numerous traffic crashes. Long backups were also reported along I-74 in Vermilion County.

By noon, the Illinois Department of Transportation shared a picture of I-74 in East Urbana. It showed four highway lanes cleared of snow.

“Progress! The sunshine seems to be helping quite a bit, as this view of Interstate 74 in Urbana shows. There still is a lot to do, and we are working hard on getting all of our roads cleared,” said the tweet from IDOT.

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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