CHAMPAIGN – Snowblowers and shovels were in action across Central Illinois on Friday.
People are digging out after a two-day winter storm that brought 8 to 12 inches of snow to Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Decatur, Springfield, Bloomington and most parts of central Illinois.
Here is a map of 3-day snow totals for the big winter storm, and a text listing of selected reports. Widespread 8-12" with locally higher amounts. Thanks to all who provided measurements! #ILwx https://t.co/IbQQpAii4n pic.twitter.com/jm01rCoOcp
— NWS Lincoln IL (@NWSLincolnIL) February 4, 2022
According to a tweet from the Illinois State Climatologist, the snowstorm erased major snowfall deficits in areas south of Interstate 80.
Driving remained a challenge for thousands of drivers. On Friday morning the Illinois State Police reported a significant backup on eastbound I-74 in Piatt and Champaign counties because of numerous traffic crashes. Long backups were also reported along I-74 in Vermilion County.
This week's storm erased or put a big dent in snowfall deficits in areas south of I-80. Maps show deficits through (left) January 31 and (right) February 4.
Areas closer to the Wisconsin border are still 10-20" below normal snowfall this season so far. #ilwx pic.twitter.com/GyPBQDRtbr
— Illinois State Climatologist (@ILClimatologist) February 4, 2022
By noon, the Illinois Department of Transportation shared a picture of I-74 in East Urbana. It showed four highway lanes cleared of snow.
“Progress! The sunshine seems to be helping quite a bit, as this view of Interstate 74 in Urbana shows. There still is a lot to do, and we are working hard on getting all of our roads cleared,” said the tweet from IDOT.
Progress! The sunshine seems to be helping quite a bit, as this view of Interstate 74 in Urbana shows.
— IDOT_Illinois (@IDOT_Illinois) February 4, 2022