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|Snow, Flooding, and Cold All in Weather Forecast -- CITY SNOW EMERGENCY IN EFFECT SUNDAY
|UPDATED 7:46am 12/27/09 If you went away for Christmas and just got back to town, you might believe that there would be snow on the ground, but you might not believe how much there is.
Trained weather spotters tell the National Weather Service that as much as seven inches of snow is on the ground in some areas, and forecasters say one to three inches more could fall Sunday before a period of actual sunshine.
The National Weather Service says a Winter Weather Advisory in effect has been extended to end Sunday at midnight.
Weather spotters say that two new inches of snow fell in Galesburg Saturday, and that a total of nearly six inches fell as of seven o'clock Saturday night.
Between noon Friday and Saturday afternoon, a total of just over seven inches of the white stuff fell in Abingdon.
A snow emergency was in effect in both Galesburg and Abingdon, with cars being towed Saturday in Galesburg if they were still parked on the street by afternoon. Galesburg City officials issued another SNOW EMERGENCY Sunday morning -- once again meaning any car parked on the street will be towed if it is not moved, so snow plows can do their jobs.
As if all the snow wasn't a problem, flood warnings remain in effect for the Spoon River at London Mills affecting both Knox and Fulton Counties until late Sunday.
The Weather Service says the river was at 18.5 feet Saturday night, about 3.5 feet above flood stage, with some flooding occurring on agricultural land north of Route 9 near London Mills, thanks to a broken levee never repaired after it breached last May.
They say river levels will continue to fall.
And then, the cold of winter will start out 2010. After peaking at around 32 for a high Wednesday, daytime highs will drop and the high temperature by New Years Day on Friday will only be just above 20.
(The snow continued to fall around 6:30 Sunday morning outside the Galesburg Radio Center on East Simmons Street. WGIL News story and photo by Will Stevenson.)
|12 26 09 by Newsroom
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