Illinois is taking its place with other states battling the weather. There have been emergency school closings statewide, and the Illinois State Police have enacted the Emergency accident plan which consists of trading insurance companies’ phone numbers in the event of an accident rather than calling the police. The emergency school closings have hit close to home.
Here in Peoria, Illinois, District 150 is in its second day of closure. The closest Central Illinois district, District 323 is also in its second day of closure and they both may be closed the balance of the week.
Throughout the nation snow has been an issue and starting Tuesday January 13th, 2009, we received several inches. Certainly the blowing and the drifting have caused problems and the fact that road crews have been overwhelmed hasn’t helped.
Normally a few inches of snow wouldn’t close Central Illinois schools. What is the difference?
The temperature today, January 15th, 2009 is -16.4 degrees Fahrenheit. With our 12 mph of wind, that is creating a wind-chill of -35 degrees Fahrenheit.
The projected weather for our area tomorrow includes skies remaining clear which is good from the standpoint of the snow but bad from the standpoint of the wind-chill. The wind-chill may remain around 20-30 below zero.
As bad as Peoria has it, we are a long ways away from having the lowest temperature of smaller cities in the state. That honor belongs to Rochelle, Illinois with a temperature of -37 degrees Fahrenheit (that is not a wind-chill figure!).
Other cities throughout Illinois with low temperatures and Northern schools with closings include Carbondale, Illinois in the Southern part of the state (-12 degrees Fahrenheit); Aurora in the northern part of Illinois with emergency school closings has -24 degrees Fahrenheit; Sterling in the northern part of Illinois has a temperature of -23 degrees Fahrenheit and Galesburg in the central part of the state about 50 miles from Peoria, has a temperature of -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
It appears with clear skies the wind-chill will remain bitter tomorrow even though temperatures are rising a bit. Schools will probably remain closed.
The temperatures are rising for the weekend but then there is the possibility of more snow.
This has been a tough winter already.