BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — DANVILLE — The winter of 2013-2014 has been a record-breaking season for snow with more still falling on Monday.
A combination of snow and sleet began falling around 10:30 a.m. Monday as the latest round of winter precipitation moved into the area. Danville and Vermilion County, according to the National Weather Service, is forecast to have anywhere between 3-5 inches of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice today.
The Illinois State Police officials listed roads in Vermilion County and parts of central Illinois as ice-covered and treacherous beginning Monday. By mid-afternoon, state police had handled 111 slide offs and 10 crashes — eight with property damage and two involving minor injury.
Conditions continued to deteriorate on the interstate throughout the day. State transportation maps showed Interstate 74 between St. Joseph and the Illinois-Indiana border as having patches of snow and ice in the morning, but completely snow and ice covered by mid-afternoon..
Vermilion County deputies and state police responded to slide offs along Interstate 74 on both sides the Vermilion-Champaign county line as well as rural slide offs during the morning and afternoon.
Visibility was reported low in some areas as a result of fog forming from the high humidity and cold temperatures, according to state police.
As of early Monday afternoon, 0.33 inches of precipitation had been reported at Vermilion Regional Airport. Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency severe weather coordinator Rick Harper recorded a half-inch of snow by mid-afternoon, bringing the winter’s total to 46.4 inches.
The National Weather Service received reports of 0.2 inches of ice as a result of freezing rain two miles north of Homer to go with almost an inch of snow.
Monday’s weather comes as snowfall during the weekend broke records for the National Weather Service and the Illinois State Water Survey for Danville. The Illinois State Water Survey’s record for Danville was 45.9 inches of snow in 1942-43. Following the weekend’s snowfall, 45.9 inches of snow had been recorded by Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency severe weather coordinator Rick Harper.
The National Weather Service, which takes readings at the Vermilion Regional Airport, has recorded 39.3 inches of snow this winter, surpassing the 39.1 inch record in their books.
The forecast holds better news. The National Weather Services predicts sunny skies with a high near 37 today. Wednesday should be sunny with a high near 38, and Thursday’s forecast calls for showers — even a possible thunderstorm — with a high near 50 degrees.