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Storm brings Illinois icy roads, school closings

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

CARBONDALE (AP) — Parts of southern Illinois are starting to see the impact of a storm forecast to bring freezing rain, snow and ice to the region.

Illinois State Police tell the Belleville News-Democrat two dozen ice-related crashes were reported in Madison and St. Clair counties on Thursday morning. More than a dozen counties south of Interstate 70 in southern Illinois are under winter storm warnings from the National Weather Service.

The electric utility Ameren Illinois says it has trucks ready to respond to outages. Forecasters say precipitation will begin Thursday afternoon and spread through the evening and into the day on Friday. Areas of Illinois could see up to 8 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, WSIL-TV reports that dozens schools in southern Illinois are sending students home early ahead of the storm.

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