First snowfall of the season brings big storm

By Chad Weber

First snowfall of the season brings big storm

December 20, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:15 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS - No, it's not the end of the world yet.

That's snow, and although it hasn't been seen in Central Illinois for almost 300 days, it came back Thursday in full force.

"I've been outside for like two minutes and I already want to go back inside," said Connor Alwood who was working at Banana Republic."Really cool, but I wish my feet were warmer."

Although accumulation only added up from two to four inches, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hours, prompted the first winter blizzard warning in two years.

"It's been a long time since people have driven on snow," said State Trooper Dustin Pierce, "and I don't think that is helping either. Usually, there's always a learning curb. People trying to get used to driving on it again."

That re-acclimation combined with slippery roads and low visibility caused dozens of accidents for area motorists.

"With the wind, the way it is blowing out there, some of the road locations, it's white out," said Pierce. "You can't see anything. It makes a very dangerous situation. And it's so dangerous in some places that we're not even able to tow cars out of ditches."

"I actually have a couple friends in Peoria, I live out in Hanna City so I might end up staying in Peoria tonight," said Connor Alwood.

A good plan said officials, who advised against driving is possible, but if you must...

"Number one things are don't text and drive, put the cell phone away, no texting, slow down, and put your seat belt on," said Pierce.

And for all those hoping for more of the white stuff, the next call for snow comes on Christmas night.

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