Somebody please tell TWC to stop naming winter storms…
ILLINOIS - We're the subject of another "take it easy when driving on icy roads" press release from Illinois State Police District 12 out of Effingham, and they're referencing another winter storm with a name: Jupiter.
Since we don't have TV service and catch most of our news on live feeds online - including weather - we apparently missed out on it when, a little more than five years ago, The Weather Channel started naming winter storms. This practice has only come to our attention maybe about a year ago. The State Police, however, apparently appreciate it, and they've issued a press release advising folks of this pending ice storm...which is predicted to carry on over three days. THREE DAYS, people. So please heed their warning, as they issue it here:
According to the National Weather Service, Winter Storm Jupiter is forecasted to arrive in District 12 counties, beginning Friday and continuing into Sunday. The winter storm is expected to bring a range of precipitation to the area, including ice accumulation. Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 is reminding motorists to prepare now for the coming winter storm.
Prior to Winter Storm Jupiter's arrival, ensure your vehicle's fuel tank is full, check tire pressure, pack a vehicle emergency kit and get
supplies needed for home now, to avoid heading out on roads that have become treacherous with ice.
"Before heading out on the roads this weekend, check the current weather and road conditions. Then, consider if travel is necessary with those conditions in mind, said District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt.
"District 12 is making preparation now to handle the coming winter storm, we encourage Illinois residents to also prepare so we may traverse this winter storm safely together," added Captain Ristvedt.
Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles, with safety belts fastened, while waiting for first responders to arrive,
rather than standing outside of the vehicle. Motorists involved in accidents that do not require emergency assistance may file a crash report within 10 days at the nearest police station.
Illinois State Police also want to remind motorists to move over for stranded motorists, tow operators, emergency response vehicles and snow removal equipment. Scott's Law (Move-Over Law) requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching emergency vehicles. Further, a new law that took effect on January 1, 2017 will require motorists to slow down and move over for any disabled motorist exhibiting hazard lights.
Other safety tips include:
· Make sure someone is aware of your travel route.
· Dress warmly - choose layers of clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.
· Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing. Plenty of fuel is also important if your
vehicle becomes stranded.
· Don't crowd the plow - remember, a snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
· Watch out for black ice - roads that appear clear may be treacherous.Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas - all are prone to black ice.
· Have an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, a flashlight, a small ice scraper, blankets, gloves, food items, water, and a first aid kit.
· Carry a cell phone AND charger.
· Always wear a safety belt.
Motorists are urged to check travel conditions before any trip. You may get interstate condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or on the Internet at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
For additional winter travel information:
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For whatever reason, the line for this storm seems to be right through the middle of Central Counties, with Jefferson-Wayne-Edwards-Wabash being the divider. To the north, there are few hazardous weather alerts; most of them have to do with accumulation and rising river (counties in bold are in our readership area):
CLAY-CRAWFORD-EFFINGHAM-JASPER-LAWRENCE-RICHLAND 355 PM CST WED JAN 11 2017 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS, SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT... NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY... A PERIOD OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN WILL OCCUR BEFORE TRANSITIONING TO ALL RAIN BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. AN ACCUMULATION OF ICE IS LIKELY...ESPECIALLY FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. STAY TUNED TO LATER FORECASTS FOR ADJUSTMENTS TO PRECIPITATION TYPES AND AMOUNTS. HEAVY RAINFALL OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES COULD LEAD TO RIVER FLOODING EARLY NEXT WEEK. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED THROUGH TONIGHT.
CHRISTIAN-CLARK-COLES-CUMBERLAND-LOGAN-MACON-MENARD-MORGAN- MOULTRIE-SANGAMON-SCOTT-SHELBY- 355 PM CST WED JAN 11 2017 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS, EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT... NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY... A PERIOD OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN WILL OCCUR. AN ACCUMULATION OF ICE IS LIKELY...ESPECIALLY FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. STAY TUNED TO LATER FORECASTS FOR ADJUSTMENTS TO PRECIPITATION TYPES AND AMOUNTS. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED THROUGH TONIGHT. CHAMPAIGN-DE WITT-DOUGLAS-EDGAR-PIATT-VERMILION- 355 PM CST WED JAN 11 2017 ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON... THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT... AREAS OF DENSE FOG WILL PERSIST THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY... A PERIOD OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN WILL OCCUR. AN ACCUMULATION OF ICE IS LIKELY...ESPECIALLY FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. STAY TUNED TO LATER FORECASTS FOR ADJUSTMENTS TO PRECIPITATION TYPES AND AMOUNTS. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED THROUGH TONIGHT.
To the south, there's this (counties in bold are in our readership area):
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY 346 AM CST WED JAN 11 2017 ILZ075>078-080>094-INZ081-082-085>088-KYZ001>022-MOZ076-086-087- 100-107>112-114-121100- JEFFERSON-WAYNE IL-EDWARDS-WABASH-PERRY IL-FRANKLIN-HAMILTON- WHITE-JACKSON-WILLIAMSON-SALINE-GALLATIN-UNION-JOHNSON-POPE- HARDIN-ALEXANDER-PULASKI-MASSAC-GIBSON-PIKE-POSEY-VANDERBURGH- WARRICK-SPENCER-FULTON-HICKMAN-CARLISLE-BALLARD-MCCRACKEN-GRAVES- LIVINGSTON-MARSHALL-CALLOWAY-CRITTENDEN-LYON-TRIGG-CALDWELL- UNION KY-WEBSTER-HOPKINS-CHRISTIAN-HENDERSON-DAVIESS-MCLEAN- MUHLENBERG-TODD-PERRY MO-BOLLINGER-CAPE GIRARDEAU-WAYNE MO-CARTER- RIPLEY-BUTLER-STODDARD-SCOTT-MISSISSIPPI-NEW MADRID- 346 AM CST WED JAN 11 2017 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, SOUTHWEST INDIANA, WESTERN KENTUCKY, AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT A FEW ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE TODAY AND TONIGHT. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE ON THURSDAY. FREEZING RAIN AND A GLAZE OF ICE ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI...SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND SOUTHWEST INDIANA FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY EVENING. SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL AMOUNTS COULD OCCUR SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY. HOWEVER...THE EVENT WILL BE SPREAD OUT OVER SEVERAL DAYS. THIS WILL LIKELY RESULT IN STANDING WATER IN LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS...ALONG WITH POSSIBLE RISES IN SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME.
And then there's this special weather statement:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY 353 PM CST Wed Jan 11 2017 ILZ075>078-080>090-INZ081-082-085-086-MOZ076-086-087-100-107- 120930- JEFFERSON-WAYNE IL-EDWARDS-WABASH-PERRY IL-FRANKLIN-HAMILTON- WHITE-JACKSON-WILLIAMSON-SALINE-GALLATIN-UNION-JOHNSON-POPE- GIBSON-PIKE-POSEY-VANDERBURGH-PERRY MO-BOLLINGER-CAPE GIRARDEAU- WAYNE MO-CARTER- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF MOUNT VERNON, FAIRFIELD, ALBION, MOUNT CARMEL, PINCKNEYVILLE, WEST FRANKFORT, MCLEANSBORO, CARMI, CARBONDALE, MURPHYSBORO, HERRIN, HARRISBURG, SHAWNEETOWN, JONESBORO, VIENNA, GOLCONDA, FORT BRANCH, PETERSBURG, POSEYVILLE, EVANSVILLE, PERRYVILLE, MARBLE HILL, CAPE GIRARDEAU, JACKSON, PIEDMONT, AND VAN BUREN 353 PM CST Wed Jan 11 2017 ...GUSTY WINDS TO CONTINUE TONIGHT...FREEZING RAIN LIKELY FRIDAY... Freezing rain appears likely Friday across portions of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and southwest Indiana. The activity could develop into the area before daybreak. It is expected to increase Friday morning, and last through the afternoon and then taper off. Confidence continues to increase the freezing air will make it as far south as a Greenville Missouri, Marion Illinois, Princeton Indiana line. There may be some impacts to travel, especially on bridges, overpasses, and secondary roads. Sidewalks and parking lots may become quite slick as well. Elevated surfaces will ice. Expect a glaze on automobiles. Impacts to power should be minimal. Meanwhile for tonight, south to southwest winds will gust from 30 to 40 mph at times tonight. This will cause loose objects to blow around. Travel may be difficult for some high profile vehicles.
This isn't going to be so much of a cold event (like it was a coupla weeks ago) as it will be a dangerous driving event (like it was about a week ago). So please use caution...we didn't even get to report all the wrecks that happened last week because there were so many. DON'T BE A STATISTIC...stay in if you can.
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