A Winter Weather Advisory that had been in effect for Vermilion County following yesterday’s blizzard has expired. But strong winds overnight prompted many school districts in the area to cancel classes again today (Thursday, February 25th). A complete list of closings can be found on the homepage at VermilionCountyFirst.com or by tuning to WDNL 102.1 (fm), WDAN 1490 (am) or WRHK – K-Rock 94.9 (fm) Radio.
In some rural areas of East Central Illinois and West Central Indiana the plow crews were pulled off the roads last night to wait until the winds subsided. So it will take a while to get some of the roads back to their normal winter driving condition today. The strong winds and blowing snow that drifted along roadways is the reason many school districts cancelled classes again today.
Meanwhile some industries in our area are getting their operations back to normal today after being affected by Wednesday’s storm. And power crews have most of the power back on after crews worked in through the storm to restore service. Numerous power lines were downed across our region in Wednesday’s strong winds, and in some cases power poles were downed. Remember, if you see a downed power line….stay away from it. It may still be fully charged. Call your power company to report it.
Illinois State Police Trooper Tracy Lillard says crews in District 10 responded to 229 incidents from midnight Wednesday morning until 5:30 last evening. The calls included crashes, vehicles in ditches, stranded motorists and other calls of service. District 10 covers counties in East Central Illinois.
In Indiana, State Police reported 220 property damage crashes, 60 accidents with personal injuries and 228 slide-offs, with 176 motorist assists during the storm statewide.