By Steve Rensberry, Editor
Weather this past week in the Metro East was all over the place, with heavy rains throughout much of the weekend, followed by snow on Sunday and a drop in temperatures on Monday typical for this time of the year.
Even with the rain and snowfall, many area residents found time to get outside over the weekend, with some of the more dire predictions of severe ice and flooding failing to transpire.
Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation had warned prior to the weekend of the potential for a combination of hazards, including flash flooding, freezing rain, torrential rains, sleet and snow. “Winter weather brings additional challenges and responsibilities for all motorists,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly last Friday. “With the winter storm expected . . . the Illinois State Police would like to remind motorists who must travel to reduce their speed, limit distractions while driving and allow for extra travel time to help ensure their safety. Lastly, ISP would also like to remind all motorists to ‘Move Over-Slow Down’ for all emergency vehicles and any vehicles with flashing lights.”
Forecasters with the Accuweather Global Weather Center said on Monday that they were monitoring the next multifaceted storm expected to the central United States by the end of the week. “The storm is expected to bring a variety of hazards to travelers as precipitation will vary from rain to ice to snow,” they said.
Many area residents woke up Monday morning to discover that the electricity had been out some time during the night, the exact cause of which remains uncertain.
More rain was in the forecast locally for Friday, Jan. 17, with a chance of icy precipitation of 90 percent, according to weather experts. More showers are predicted for Saturday, Jan. 18, with a 50 percent chance as of the start of this week.
Temperatures for the week were predicted to range from highs in the low 50s and 40s, to a low of 17 on Jan. 18