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State of emergency in Jackson Co. as snow falls

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 11:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 9:48 p.m. CST

MURPHYSBORO (AP) — A state of emergency has been declared for a southern Illinois county as eight inches of snow falls in the far southern portion of the state.

Jackson County's board chairman declared a state of emergency on Friday as the wintry weather continued to pelt the region.

Authorities say primary roads are treacherous in the county that's home to Murphysboro and Carbondale. And some secondary roads are impassable thanks to a combination of snow, sleet and ice.

The National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky., says a winter storm warning for the area remains in effect until 6 p.m.

Some areas of southern Illinois could get as much as 14 inches of snow.

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