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October 22, 2014, 2:58 am
970 WMAY News

Bitter, Dangerous Cold Grips Springfield Area

It’s one of the coldest mornings in memory across Central Illinois today… with high temperatures staying well below zero, and wind chills as cold as 40-below or worse. 


Most schools… and even some businesses… are closed today because of the dangerous cold and poor road conditions.  Sangamon County has declared a Level 2 winter emergency, indicating that people should stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely essential.  IDOT says it has hundreds of trucks and personnel working to clear roads, but most major highways remain snow- and ice-covered. 


Among the services being affected by today’s bitter cold is health care.  Both the SIU Healthcare clinics and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health clinics are closed today, although the health department’s administrative offices are open.


You can see a list of closings and cancellations at, but you should call ahead before venturing out anywhere today.

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