- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Central Illinois is bracing for another round of heavy snowfall.

Springfield schools dismissed early Tuesday, while Urbana-Champaign area officials prepared warming shelters for people who may need them, and Decatur warned drivers an emergency may be declared and their vehicles ordered off the city’s snow routes.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln forecast snow and blowing snow for central Illinois, with accumulation of up to four inches possible into the evening Tuesday and an additional three to five inches possible overnight. Winds are expected to gust to 23 mph.

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports snow has already impacted roads and bridges in central and southern Illinois. The agency reports slick and dangerous travel conditions exist and motorist should reduce speed and allow extra time to get to their destinations.

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