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Worst of storm to hit today

Snow and ice led to some messy roads Tuesday, but forecasters believe the worst conditions will be experienced today.

A Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 1 p.m. today. News Center 7 Meteorologist Erica Collura said the warning is due to expected snow accumulations, which will likely run between 4- to 8-inches in Clark and Champaign counties. The higher totals will be found in northern areas.

Temperatures will start in the teens, she said.

“The road conditions mostly likely won’t be that great. Road temperatures will be below freezing through the morning with snow likely covering some (roads),” she said. “The more snow cover, the colder we’ll be.”

Icy conditions were blamed for a Tuesday morning crash in Champaign County. A car hit an icy patch in the 4300 block of Storm Creeks Road, causing it to spin sideways and slide down an embankment into a creek. The water was only about a foot deep and the driver was uninjured and able to get out of the vehicle on his own.

The city of Springfield has used about 2,700 tons of salt this winter. The city goes through about 3,300 tons in an average winter, said Chris Moore, city service director.

The city still has about 2,000 tons of salt on hand, and likely won’t have to order more until summer. Wet snows like this latest bout take more manpower than salt to combat, he said.

“It requires a lot of labor. It takes a lot of people to push if we get 6- to 8-inches of snow,” Moore said.

It’s not unheard of for the area to see snow in April, Moore said, so he’ll keep a close eye on the storm and how it effects salt supplies.

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