DANVILLE — Weather conditions are taking a roller coaster ride this week in Vermilion County and across central Illinois.
A couple of days of warm weather were quickly cast aside as Mother Nature dumped a thin, but heavy, blanket of wet snow on the region Wednesday morning. Measurements reported to the National Weather Service indicated 1½ inches of snow fell in the Danville area.
The snow fall resulted in a number of traffic mishaps Wednesday morning but no serious crashes. Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Dennis Wood said deputies on patrol handled around a dozen vehicles slide offs as a result of the snow.
No injuries were reported and most took place in the northern half of the county along U.S. Route 136, Illinois Route 9 and Illinois Route 49.
One problem that surfaced was with traffic lights, particularly along Illinois Route 1 at Hegeler Lane and Ross Lane. Wood said snow was collecting on the light and not melting because newer bulbs used in the lights did not create the heat of older bulbs.
While the snow resulted in few traffic problems, the winds accompanying the winter weather wreaked a little more havoc. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, as many as 4,000 Ameren customers were without power in areas surrounding Danville as a result of high winds.
The outage particularly affected customers in the western part of the county and extended in parts of eastern Champaign County, including Ogden. Power was out for an hour or so before Ameren Illinois crews had it restored.
Winds were clocked Wednesday at as high as 33 mph with gusts reaching almost 45 mph.
Wednesday’s snowfall continues to add to the already record-setting winter Vermilion County has experienced. Total snow for the year now stands at 52 inches, well above the previous record of 45 inches of snow that fell during the winter of 1942-43.