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Hello Again Winter Storm

McLean County received about 3 inches of snow in most places, but travel difficulties were out of proportion to the amount of precipitation. As dusk came Saturday, winds picked up, creating whiteout conditions in rural areas.

Earlier Saturday State Police in central Illinois reported numerous cars sliding off roads, and a couple of jackknifed semis and accident reports continued late in the day.

Temperatures dropped to single digits overnight and into Sunday with sub-zero wind-chill factors.

Snow Friday night added to larger amounts still on the ground from the previous weekend. The dryer snow that fell Friday night aided snow removal efforts, but complicated travel because of wind driven poor visibility.

In light of the heavy snowfall the previous weekend, numerous businesses and institutions announced closures, only to have some of the commercial establishment reopen when the snowfall was on the low end of the prediction range. Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan Universities did not renew cancelled activities. Even State Farm Insurance announced a late State for Saturday morning.

Traffic on city streets was lighter than usual Saturday as many people chose to stay indoors.

Snow ploughs and salt trucks were still on the streets at dusk Saturday salting and clearing.

By Sunday morning, the Town of Normal had lifted its parking ban.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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