A combination of heavy snow and painful cold could make this one of the worst winter weekends in a long time in Central Illinois. A winter storm warning has been issued from Saturday evening through Monday morning.
The Springfield area is expecting up to 7 inches of snow… with heavier totals expected in areas to the south. That will be followed by dangerously cold air… with Monday’s high temperature staying well below zero, and wind chills as cold as 40-below.
Springfield and other area communities have declared a snow emergency, meaning cars cannot be parked on designated snow routes
Another potential problem from the bone-chilling cold snap… water pipes that can freeze and burst. City Water Light and Power recommends wrapping exposed pipes in insulation or heat tape. The utility also advises running faucets at a trickle during extreme cold… the flow of water can prevent freezing.
Some state and local government facilities will be open to serve as “warming centers” for residents who don’t have adequate heat to protect them from the dangerous cold snap moving into the area. Springfield’s Municipal Center East lobby is open 24 hours a day. On Monday, Lincoln Library’s main branch will also be open as a warming center. So will state Department of Human Services offices on Walnut, and on Martin Luther King Drive.