EFFINGHAM — Snow totals varied throughout the area Thursday morning, according to National Weather Service in Lincoln.
Watson - 3 inches at 5 a.m.
Lake Sara - 5 inches at 7 a.m.
Beecher City - 4 inches at 7 a.m.
Southwest of Effingham - 5 inches at 7 a.m.
City of Effingham - 3.8 inches at 7 a.m.
Newton - 2.5 inches at 8 a.m.
A wind chill advisory is in effect as very cold arctic air spreads into central and southeast Illinois Thursday. The National Weather Service reports the combination of very cold temperatures and north winds will produce wind chills as low as 5 to 15 degrees below zero in some areas.
Another storm system will move into Illinois Saturday night and Sunday with the potential to produce accumulating snowfall. Behind the system, the coldest air of the season will push into central Illinois. A prolonged period of sub-zero wind chill is likely with Tuesday morning expected to be the coldest period with wind chills as low as 25 degrees below zero possible.
The NWS advises people dress in layers and limit exposed skin to reduce risk of frost bite.
For winter road conditions, click on http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com/
For winter preparedness tips, click on http://iema.illinois.gov/disaster/pdf/iema333_winter_storm_preparedness_guidebook.pdf.
For the Illinois Department of Public Health's guide on weathering winter, click on http://www.illinois.gov/ready/SiteCollectionDocuments/IDPH_WinterGuide.pdf