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Slick roads seem likely to persist thanks to low temperatures

Melting snow combined with frigid overnight temperatures made for dangerous driving conditions throughout East Central Illinois on Thursday.

And with subzero temperatures back in the forecast this morning, officials urge drivers to use extreme caution again Friday.

Snowfall pushing this winter higher in rankings

CHAMPAIGN — This winter's snowfall in Champaign-Urbana isn't in the top 10 — yet.

But one more Tuesday-sized storm and we'll be there.

The winter of 2013-14 now ranks as the 16th-snowiest in Champaign-Urbana, according to state climatologist Jim Angel. Officially, 32.8 inches of snow has dropped upon the cities, after Tuesday's 6.5-inch snowfall.

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When will county roads be clear?

An official with the Champaign County Highway Department said if we don't get any more snow over the next couple of days, crews could possibly have the roads cleared by the weekend.

On the job with veteran tow truck driver

Tow truck driver Scott Mitchell of Carnaghi Towing, Tilton, works on another snowy day in the Danville area Wednesday February 5, 2014.

School chiefs sometimes wait to decide on closing

While many area school districts called Wednesday's snow day by Tuesday evening, Champaign, Urbana and a few other districts waited until the wee hours of the morning to cancel school.

Superintendents said they were waiting to see how the overnight snowfall affected road conditions.

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Carle makes preparations for its staff

URBANA — A hospital doesn't have the luxury of closing in a snowstorm, and Carle Foundation Hospital was rolling out cots to sleep dozens of employees overnight Tuesday.

The cots are for employees who think they might have a hard time getting to work in the morning.

If you liked January, you'll love February

CHAMPAIGN — As cold and snowy as January was in Champaign-Urbana, the month was far from a record-breaker.

It was the 10th-snowiest and 16th-coldest January on record, according to state climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey. Local temperature records go back to 1888, snowfall records to 1903.

Winter weather roundup Feb. 3, 2014

Following is a collection of news on the winter storm set to his East Central Illinois on Tuesday.  If you have information to add, leave a comment on this story.  If you have a closing or cancellation to report, call 351-5300 or e-mail newsroom@wdws.com.  School cancellations require a code word.

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Tuesday: 'The evening rush hour will not be good'

LINCOLN — Champaign-Urbana and Danville are included in the snow band where the highest snowfall totals are expected Tuesday and Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service says.