Snow emergency declared in Jacksonville

By Jim McCabe on February 4 at 1:03pm

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The big snowstorm has delivered as advertised so far in West Central Illinois.

The flakes started flying in Jacksonville at about 10:30 this morning. Roads across the area are snow-covered and travel is slow-going. So far, the WLDS-WEAI Reporting Station has picked up nearly 3 inches of snow as 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Meteorologists say snow totals could 8 to 10 inches from I-72 to north, with 5 to 8 inches possible south of the interstate.

In Jacksonville, Mayor Andy Ezard has declared a snow emergency.

“We don’t want cars parked on Lafayette, College, Westgate, Church, Clay and South Diamond,” says Ezard. “Those are the main thoroughfares through the town and we’d like cars to get off those roads if possible.”

Ezard says the city has every snow plow on the road.

“We have six trucks out and two graders,” says Ezard. “We’re going to try to stay ahead of it. “We’re up against it like everyone else. We just encourage those that if they can stay in to do that. Get home before it accumulates

The municipal building closed at 2:00 today. You can find a full list of closings and cancellations on our website WLDS.com/cancellations.

The snow is expected to continue through until about midnight. Winds could gust up to 20 miles per hour this evening with higher gusts possible tomorrow causing blowing and drifting snow.

Authorities say travel is discouraged unless absolutely necessary. If you must go out make sure your gas tank should be full; your cell phone is charged; you have a blanket in your vehicle; and keep bottled water, a snack and a flashlight handy.

Listen to the full interview between News Director Nick Kovatch and Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard below:

Here’s a video of the road conditions in Jacksonville from earlier this afternoon by Nick Kovatch.