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January 7, 2014

Winter whallops area with snow, cold

DANVILLE – Winter weather conditions effectively shut down Vermilion County Sunday and Monday as the area waited out a winter storm and intense cold that covered the region.

As of Sunday night, the Danville area had received just under 10 inches of snow as a result of the winter storm that swept through central Illinois and Indiana. That brings the total for the season to just more than 25 inches.

Winds were recorded at more than 30 mph at one point with gusts close to 38 mph in the Danville area.

The conditions resulted in a number of rescue situations for local emergency personnel in different parts of the county. Near Georgetown, the sheriff’s department called on county trucks Sunday night to help with a stranded motorist.

In the northern edge of the county, locals working with Hoopeston Emergency Management Agency went out on snowmobiles to assist a stranded motorist Friday night.

Scott Strawser, director of the Hoopeston EMA, said visibility was next to zero for the stranded driver.

“He got two miles out and couldn’t see where he was going and went in the ditch,” he said.

At one point, Strawser estimated snow was falling in the Hoopeston area at almost an inch an hour.

Gretchen Yordy, spokeswoman for Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, said Monday that the hospital’s emergency department had two patients that morning with hypothermia that were likely to be admitted. One of the patients also had severe frostbite on one hand as a result of being trapped in a vehicle.

The hospital, she said, also received some patients in the emergency department Sunday who received injuries as a result of vehicle accidents on Sunday.

Today was expected to bring more of the same temperatures for the region. Forecasts from the National Weather Service in Lincoln called for a high of just 5 degrees today and tonight with wind chills remaining at between minus-27 and minus-7 degrees. More snow is expected in the area Wednesday and Thursday.

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