Updated: Area courthouses closed Monday

Updated: Area courthouses closed Monday

Updated 5:30 p.m. Sunday:   Local municipalities are asking residents to remove their vehicles from snow routes.

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URBANA - In anticipation of the weekend snowstorm, Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh has decided to close the county courthouse in downtown Urbana Monday.

Court administrator Roger Holland said people called for jury service should contact the jury call-in number Monday night for instructions or check the county's website. Five courtrooms were scheduled to begin trials Monday.

People with court cases should contact their attorneys for another court date. Those representing themselves can expect to get a notice of a new date by mail, Holland said.

In fact, Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Dan Flannell said all the courthouses in the circuit will be closed Monday. Those include the courthouses in Decatur, Clinton, Tuscola, Monticello, and Sullivan.

In Champaign, the city on Friday lifted the parking ban on city snow routes but decreed that sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice that fell Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Due to the accumulation of more than two inches of snow, sidewalks need to be cleared by 11 a.m. Sunday in the downtown and Campustown areas.

Sidewalks must maintain a path the width of the sidewalk or four feet, whichever is less. Sidewalks not in compliance could be cleared by the city at the owner's expense.

The city advises that another two inches or more of snow could mean that the parking ban on the following snow routes would be reinstated.

Those routes are:

— University Avenue from State Street to Mattis Avenue.

— Church Street from State to Mattis.

— State from Bradley to Kirby avenues.

— Randolph Street from Bradley to Hessel Boulevard.

— Hessel from State to Neil streets.

At midday Friday, the National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a winter storm watch in effect for late Saturday and Sunday.

Snow is expected to develop Saturday night and gradually taper off from west to east Sunday afternoon and evening.

The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur between midnight and noon on Sunday.

Current indications suggest 6 to 8 inches of snow are possible between a line between Beardstown to Bloomington and Interstate 72.

Locations south of a Springfield-to-Decatur-to-Danville line have the potential to receive seven to 10 inches, with the highest totals likely south of I-70.

Winds will swing around to the north by late Saturday behind a strong cold front. After it passes, winds are expected to increase to 15 to 20 mph with gusts around 30 mph.

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