DANGEROUS WINTER STORM SET TO BEGIN...
According to the National Weather Service, Bond County may well be at the dividing line with snow to the north and ice south. Major ice and snow accumulation is expected before the storm ends. Expect freezing rain tonight with minimal accumulation as the temperature is expected to remain right around the freezing point. As the temperature drops Tuesday, the amount of ice will increase with 1/4 - 1/2 inch of ice and 3 - 6 inches of snow expected. Precipitation is expected to change over to all sleet and snow by Tuesday evening. Winds are expected to increase Tuesday evening through Wednesday which will blow the light powdery snow into the air causing visibility problems as well as drifting snow. There might be some light snow remaining Wednesday morning but snow should taper off and end by Wednesday evening.
The greatest snowfall amount is will likely occur across central and northeast Missouri and west central Illinois, where amounts between 12 and 18 inches will be likely. Ice accumulations of one half inch to one inch are likely for areas south and east of Saint Louis in southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois. According to the National Weather Service models as of Monday morning Bond County was in the 1/4-1/2 of ice range with higher totals further south. And not to far south as Nashville Illinois is projected to get .70 inches of ice.
The snow will end Wednesday but winds will increase beginning Tuesday and continue through Tuesday night and Wednesday as the storm system deepens. Blowing and drifting snow as well as an increased risk of damage and power outages due to the ice accumulation will last into Wednesday.
To see maps showing the total ice and snow accumulations for Bond and surrounding counties over the next 54 hours, please click on the link below that will take you to the National Weather site, the graphics will be on the right side of the page.
NWS site link
BE PREPARED TO SURVIVE A WINTER POWER OUTAGE
With a major winter storm on the horizon with significant accumulations of freezing rain in the forecast, here are some tips to help you prepare in advance for a possible power outage. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, be sure you have an adequate supply of seasoned firewood. If you plan to use a generator in the event of a power outage, remember to keep the generator at least ten to fifteen feet from your house. Carbon monoxide, resulting from burning fuel in a generator, is deadly. Keep flashlights with fresh batteries on hand as well as a portable, battery-powered radio. Have at least a three-day supply of prescription medicines on hand as well as a three-day supply of canned and non-perishable food. Dress for the temperature, preferably in layers. If you do lose electricity, food in your refrigerator should be good for at least six hours and food will keep in the freezer for up to two days. Remember not to open the refrigerator door any more than necessary. If it is cold enough, food may be moved outside and stored in a cooler, however do not put the cooler in the sunlight, this will raise the temperature inside to unsafe levels.
UNIT 2 BOARD ACTIONS FOLLOWING CLOSED SESSION
Following a closed session of the Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education, the board took action to hire Alicia Stefanisin Greenville High School assistant softball coach. The board also passed a motion to pay a $5.00 per day stipend to a staff member, properly trained by the school district nurse, to administer medication to a diabetic student, with consent of the student’s parents.
STATE ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT FOR FORMER INDIAN REFINERY
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois EPA, and Attorney General have settled the natural resource damage case on and near the former Indian Refinery south of Lawrenceville. The site was listed on the Superfund site list in 2000 due to contamination from various hazardous substances resulting from decades of operation as a refinery. The contamination affected the wetlands that are connected to the nearby Embarras River.
The settlement with Texaco Inc, the former owner of the refinery, requires the company to provide more than $1.7 million dollars for habitat enhancement and related costs and the transfer of approximately 2,300 acres of land south of the former refinery to the Department of Natural Resources. The IDNR and the Illinois EPA will restore and enhance habitat on those tracts of land, which are a part of the Embarras River watershed.