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SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR FRI., JAN. 19, 2018

SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR THURS., JAN. 18, 2018

SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR WED., JAN. 17, 2018

There are several locations in Williamson County serving as warming centers during the extreme cold.

CLOSINGS AND DELAYS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018:

The region is recovering from its first winter storm of the season.

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest accumulation of snow and sleet - around four inches - occurred in eastern Pope and western Hardin counties of southern Illinois and just east of Paducah in western Kentucky.

Winter Storm Warning for Parts of Region

Jan 10, 2018

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THURSDAY TO 9 PM FRIDAY FOR MUCH OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL.

While many of us hated the cold weather of the last three weeks, the brutally cold weather DID provide a benefit we’ll see in the spring and summer.

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Much of southern Illinois, southeast Missouri and southwest Indiana could see a mix of wintry precipitation this weekend.

Michael York is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Paducah says it looks like the bulk of the precipitation will hold off until late Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.

January Outlook for Illinois: Cold

Dec 27, 2017
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The latest winter weather outlook shows Illinois is in for bitterly cold temperatures.

The snowfall Christmas Eve gave notice that winter is here in Illinois, and with it hazardous conditions. A recent redesign of

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Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico residents are struggling to recover. Power has not been fully restored, and fresh water and other supplies are still hard to come by.

In the days immediately after the storm, a southern Illinoisan decided to lend his help – in connecting others who could lend a hand. Taylor Vessel of WSIU’s River Region Evening Edition reports on Tim Maloney's trip.

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Possible tornado damage to a mobile home in Du Quoin on Saturday left one resident trapped in her home for a short time.

A southern Illinois congressman says his chamber's passage of legislation addressing floodplains is overdue - and needs to be sent to the president's desk.

Representative Mike Bost says the bill, which reforms FEMA's floodplain insurance program, is a much-needed update. He says numerous property owners in his district would benefit from it.

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A crew of four lineman from Egyptian Electric Cooperative in southern Illinois is helping restore power in the southeast after Hurricane Irma.

Before the hurricane made land, the local crew was sent to Alma, Georgia. The Egyptian Electric linemen are Ronnie Gill, Robbie Knop, Matt McElroy and Cody Lee.

The American Red Cross is looking for more volunteers to help in disaster zones - and offering expedited training to help get people to where help is needed most.

The Illinois Civil Air Patrol will assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The airmen will join colleagues from other states to perform aerial imagery missions for FEMA and other agencies in the impact zone.

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Harvey is about to make its way through this region.

The National Weather Service in Paducah's lead forecaster Chris Knowles says Harvey's impact will hit the hardest Thursday through much of Friday.

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The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for Monday's eclipse.

For starters... Trooper Joey Watson says you need to plan on a lot of traffic in southern Illinois...especially on Interstate 57, Highway 51 and Route 13.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's seeking a fifth term next year.

Madigan revealed her 2018 plans last week during an unrelated news conference in Chicago. The Democrat is already the longest-serving attorney general in the state's history.

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The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency wants county residents to report any flood related damage to its office.

Officials are collecting damage assessments in case disaster recovery assistance would become available in the future.

Updated Road Closure List:

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With more rain expected in the region, volunteers in are filling hundreds of sandbags to save some areas that are inching closer and closer to high water.

Volunteers are bagging the sand at the former Curwood Plant on North 19th Street in Murphysboro.

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Jackson County Chairman John Rendleman has signed a Proclamation of Disaster.

Heavy rainfall over the weekend has resulted in widespread flooding and damage to roadways and other critical infrastructure. Near record forecasts for both the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers this week will likely worsen conditions in some areas. Additional rainfall is expected Wednesday into Thursday, which could lead to addition flash flooding.

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Heavy rains forced evacuations and closed roads across the region over the weekend, and experts say we're not out of the woods yet.

Sudden Winter Weather Shift Could Kill Crops

Mar 10, 2017

Local farmers are bracing for winter weather expected to hit Friday night, and early growth of peaches and apples has them worried.

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Tornado victims in Perry County Missouri are getting some help from an unexpected source.

Tuesday night, a St. Louis television station (KSDK) conducted a phone-a-thon with representatives of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. The event raised 18-thousand dollars to help in the recovery effort.

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The National Weather Service says last week's tornado that tore through parts of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois was an EF-4 - with top winds of 180 miles an hour - and was a half a mile wide.

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The National Weather Service says a tornado that killed a southeastern Illinois man and caused damage in adjacent Indiana had winds of more than 130 mph.

A weather service survey team determined that Tuesday night's tornado that killed 71-year-old Thomas McCord in Crossville, in White County, was an EF-3 tornado. Those storms carry winds of between 136 mph and 165 mph.

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