Roads get fresh coating
Area is relatively unscathed, but plows out in force
URBANA — Like almost every other Illinoisan, Tracy Wingler is tired of winter.
Snow has meant very few weekends off since December for Champaign County's highway maintenance supervisor.
"It seems like every storm has been on the weekend or a holiday," he said. "The men are loving it. I'm not. The budget's not."
Sunday's snow was less than may have been predicted but still brought out a full complement of county plowers.
Wingler estimated Champaign County got 3 to 4 inches of snow. Winds out of the north Sunday afternoon caused a few problems on east-west roads.
Champaign County Emergency Management Agency spokesman Rick Atterberry said there wasn't enough snow to warrant opening the emergency operations center.
"The Weather Service had trouble (predicting) this, but that's not uncommon with winter storms," he observed.
The Associated Press reported that about 2 inches fell in Champaign and Lincoln by early Sunday afternoon, and 3 inches fell in the Bloomington-Normal area.