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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Crews work to clear streets as snowfall continues in central Illinois

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  • PEORIA — Snow struck Peoria again Tuesday, and area communities began to take preventive measures Tuesday night as the snowfall began to accumulate.
    The city of Peoria began a collision alert about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and began a parking ban at 5 p.m. for city crews to clear the streets. In a collision alert, drivers involved in accidents where there are no injuries and the cars are able to be driven away from the scene are encouraged to exchange information and make an accident report once the alert is lifted. Motorists have 36 hours after the alert is lifted in the city to make a report.
    A winter storm warning remains in effect until noon Wednesday. The high temperature Wednesday is expected to be 19 degrees, with a low of 9 below zero. The National Weather Service in Lincoln said Tuesday night that the storm could bring close to 5 inches in the northern parts of the Peoria area, while southern areas could see closer to 7 inches.
    David Haste, manager of Peoria's city streets and sewers, said they switched out plow crews at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and would have crews plowing throughout the night. The focus early on in the storm had been for plows to work on primary snow routes and hills. Haste wasn't sure Tuesday night when crews would get to residential streets.
    "We could get in there early morning or there could be enough snow in this system to get into late morning and early afternoon," Haste said.
    Chris Geelhart, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lincoln, said snow started falling in Peoria about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. He also said Peoria could get another 3 to 4 inches overnight as "there's a large part of snow west, past Kansas City, that will be moving over the area" overnight. Geelhart added that Peoria's snowfall totals are lower than other areas because it took longer than expected for snow to start falling.
    Tazewell County began a collision alert about 8:20 p.m. Washington also began a parking ban and collision alert at about 3:37 p.m. Tuesday. Residents had 12 hours from the parking ban being issued to move their cars to avoid a ticket. Residents involved in a traffic accident in Washington have 48 hours from the end of the alert to file a report with Washington police.
    Chillicothe issued a parking ban from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 3 p.m. Wednesday. Most surrounding towns issued parking bans Tuesday due to the weather without set time frames, including East Peoria, Pekin, Morton, Eureka, Limestone Township in Bartonville, and Creve Couer.
    Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport had cancellations throughout Tuesday. As of 8:50 p.m., the airport reported seven cancellations, all arrivals.
    As of 8:40 p.m., the National Weather Service in Lincoln reported 2 inches of snowfall in West Peoria. As of 6 p.m., the NWS was reporting 0.8 inches of snowfall in Peoria. As of 9 p.m., there wasn't an updated figure for Peoria. The state's biggest snowfall reported as of 8 p.m. Tuesday was 7 inches of snowfall in Christian County, southeast of Sangamon County.
    Page 2 of 2 - Haste said it was a good thing that the storm seemed to stay southeast of the Peoria area, but admitted, "It's not over yet. We could get some snow out of this thing and get a few inches."
    Wednesday's high temperature is expected to be 19 degrees, with a low of 9 below zero.
    Robert Connelly can be reached at rconnelly@pjstar.com or 686-3251. Follow him on Twitter @RConnelly_PJS.
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