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1/6/2014 3:02:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Brrrrrrr...County in deep freeze
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County is in a deep freeze today with below zero temperatures expected to continue until about noon Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for all of southeastern Illinois until noon Tuesday. Wind chills have averaged minus 20-25 degree below zero since yesterday evening with a minus 38 degrees below zero wind chill recorded early this morning in the county.

According to the NWS, a wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. "This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken."

Lawrence County received anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 inches of snow Sunday on top of rain and freezing rain. The Sumner Emergency Management Agency weather station recorded 3.5 inches. When temperatures dropped and the wind increased, blizzard conditions were created.

Just north of Lawrence County, the weather station in Trimble, near Robinson, reported 8.5 inches of snow while some residents in Robinson measured 10 inches.

The Casey-Martinsville-Marshall region received 11-12 inches.

The NWS said blowing and drifting snow could create hazardous driving conditions due to gusty northwesterly winds.

The low temperature hit 8 degrees below zero early this morning, according to the National Weather Service. Locally, two temperature signs showed as low as 11 degrees below zero. The Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency weather station reported a low of 7.8 degrees below zero in Sumner. Mid-American Air Center's weather station recorded minus 8.

Temperatures have been below zero since about 1 a.m. today according to reports from across the county.

Many businesses are closed today in Lawrence County. In addition, there is no school in the Red Hill Unit 10 school district today. The Lawrenceville school district, Unit 20, was not scheduled to be in session today for students.

The Lawrence County Senior Citizens Center was closed today as was Lawrence Public Library. Bridgeport City Hall is closed.

The Lawrence County Health Department was also closed.

Lawrenceville City Hall was open today and the Lawrence County Courthouse was open.





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