The extreme weather kept first responders very busy.
State police report assisting 70 motorists in the Springfield area Sunday and Monday. And the National Guard had to be called in to help on Interstate 57 near Effingham Sunday night. Drifting snow and black ice left hundreds of people stranded on the highway.
National Guard heavy equipment was used to tow jackknifed semis out of the area… and motorists were taken to nearby churches for food and shelter.