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|Weather Still Causing Havoc in Galesburg Area
|The first calendar day of Winter was Sunday, and it appears that Mother Nature wanted to remind us of that fact.
The National Weather Service says the temperature never made it above one-degree above zero Sunday, after spending the night just below zero, and the temperature of minus-four early this morning is as cold as it's been the past several days.
The wind was certainly present Saturday night and into Sunday as well, making for near white-out conditions at times with the snow, though most area weather stations didn't have wind readings available.
Ameren Illinois Utilities says only about 4,000 customers across their area remain without power. The utility says 1,4000 employees working 16-hour days have restored power to 112,000 customers since Friday. Most of the outages are in the Peoria area, but there are a mere two customers in Galesburg still in the dark as of 5am Monday.
Officials with the McDonough Power Cooperative say they're continuing to work around the clock to restore power and put up new poles where old ones fell during the ice and wind of the last several days. They say McDonough County residents needing shelter can go to Olson Hall on the Western Illinois University campus, while Warren County residents can utilize a warming center at the Roseville Fire Station.
Spoon River Electric Cooperative says they hope to get their remaining customers without power back up Monday, but at one point Sunday, three power substations fed by Ameren were lost, causing their crews to wait to finish their work until Ameren could finish theirs.
Temperatures are expected to be not as cold the next couple days, but snow is in the forecast every day but today and Christmas day, along with the possibility of some freezing rain Tuesday night.
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