According to my Android temperature widget, it's 16 degrees as I write this at 1:30 p.m. Yep, my mobile phone just confirmed that it is, in fact, cold. That must be why they call it a smartphone.
Aside from that meaning I'll finally have to face reality and stash away my golf clubs for the season (I got in 18 holes three weeks ago when we hit local records for high temperatures in mid-November), that means Champaign-Urbana roads are going to get slick.
Public works crews plowed around the clock in alternating 12-hours shifts this weekend, but I'm still hearing stories of icy patches this morning. That's partly because the city of Champaign's snow and ice removal plan doesn't call for residential roads to be completely clear yet, and it also doesn't help that it's cold enough to the point where salt isn't entirely effective.
And it's going to be cold at least for a couple days.
"We’re going to have scattered slippery spots from the sounds of the temperatures this week," said Rich Coyne, operations manager at Urbana Public Works.
Even if the salt does work, he said, there's a chance that the melted ice could just freeze over again, which could be even more dangerous.
So in the interest of safety, I'd love to hear from you if there are any streets that should be avoided, or if there are any areas you think one of the public works departments may have missed.
Both departments have been taking calls from residents who want their streets cleared, and they say they will at least investigate the complaints.
So please post below if you know of any bad roads. I've already gotten a few responses on Twitter:
— @chambanalaura says, "Robert Drive between Harrington and Devonshire is a complete sheet of ice."
— @Snotdok says, "Many parts of Stone Creek Subdivision were an ice rink this morning. Not sure if UPW has been out since the problem out here is snow drifting back over already plowed roads."
— I've also heard Cypress Drive, Broadmoor Drive and Clover Lane are bad.
Keep 'em coming...