Snow is Piling Up in Southern Illinois
The snow is not expected to stop for several more hours in Southern Illinois. The forecast is for four to seven inches more by 8 p.m., on top of what’s already on the ground.
“We’ve got probably close to 12 inches in the Perry and Jefferson County area, and then that reduces as you head south,” says Keith Miley, the IDOT operations engineer in Carbondale, who says his men have been working the storm since noon Thursday.
He says the interstate and state highways are passable, but still snow- and ice-covered. Many secondary roads are impassable in Jackson and Franklin counties. Jackson County has declared a state of emergency.
Miley says the storm was well anticipated, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is closed, as are other schools, and as a result, most people aren’t trying to drive in this.