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1/2/2014 4:32:00 PM
Sub-zero temps coming to central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A National Weather Service meteorologist based in central Illinois says the region should get ready for “some of the coldest air” it’s seen in a long time.

Meteorologist Ed Shimon says forecasts for central Illinois call for highs Monday and Tuesday at or just below zero. Lows could drop to 12 or 13 degrees below zero at night.

The arctic blast is due just after a winter storm moved across the state, bringing snow totals between 3 and 5 inches to parts of central Illinois.

Shimon says wind-chill warnings haven’t been issued yet, but probably will. That means wind chills will be at 25 degrees below zero or colder in the region.

Today, the snow storm that moved across northern Illinois had airlines canceling flights at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The Chicago Department of Aviation saidthis morning that 300 flights were canceled at O’Hare. Officials say that’s due to low visibility and winter weather conditions. Some flights at O’Harewere delayed 45 minutes.

Midway International Airport was reporting delays of about 15 minutes with some flights delayed up to an hour. There were fewer than ten cancelations at Midway.

The storm had dumped nearly 6 inches of snow at O’Hare this morning and continued to fall throughout the afternoon..

Forecasters anticipated that some northern Illinois communities could get another eight inches of lake effect snow.

The National Weather Service says Chicago is expected to get another 4 to 6 inches, and some spots could get up to eight inches.

Forecasters say some areas of northern Illinois have already received more than 11 inches of snow.

In Central Illinois, snow was blamed for a fatality today on Interstate 72 in Macon County. Illinois State Police say an unidentified passenger died in the one-car accident in which the driver lost control of the vehicle.

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