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Snowstorm pounds central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – A late-autumn storm dumped more than half a foot of snow on parts of central Illinois overnight.

The wintry weather stretched from the top to the bottom of the state but hit the central region hardest.

That’s according to meteorologist Dan Smith of the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

Rushville and Mt. Zion received 8½ inches, with 6 to 8 inches falling in the Champaign-Urbana area.

McLean County got up to 7 inches, and 5 to 6 inches fell in Galesburg, Lincoln, Peoria and Springfield.

Smith expected the storm to taper off to flurries Saturday afternoon before temperatures fall into the teens with wind chills in the single digits by Sunday morning.

Smith said unusually chilly December temperatures have averaged 1 degree colder than normal.

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Online: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/

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