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Storm bore down on Randolph County

  • The icy Mississippi River off the Chester shoreline.

    The icy Mississippi River off the Chester shoreline.
    Jim Beers photo

  • In Ellis Grove, Sherri Rahn took this of her backyard.

    In Ellis Grove, Sherri Rahn took this of her backyard.
    Sherri Rahn photo

  • Chester doesn't look all that welcoming at the moment, under all the ice and snow.

    Chester doesn't look all that welcoming at the moment, under all the ice and snow.
    Jim Beers photo

  • Swanwick Street, covered in snow and ice.

    Swanwick Street, covered in snow and ice.
    Jim Beers photo

  • Judy Shields spotted this trail of footprints from an intrepid walker or two on Tuesday in front of her Chester house.

    Judy Shields spotted this trail of footprints from an intrepid walker or two on Tuesday in front of her Chester house.
    Judy Shields/Shots by Shields

 
Herald Tribune staff report
updated: 2/20/2021 3:04 PM

So, how long did it take you to clear off your driveway on Tuesday? It wasn't just the snowfall that dumped more than a foot of snow on southern Illinois on Monday, it was the high winds and drifting that made it so hard to deal with.

The bitter cold weather and snow accumulation is nothing to fool with, experts say.

"Significant accumulations of snow, along with blowing and drifting snow, and bitter cold will make for extremely dangerous travel conditions," the National Weather Service says.

Meanwhile, follow these few tips to be safer:

• Stay indoors. It doesn't take long in these low temperature to get hypothermia.

• Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads. Accidents are caused by slippery conditions.

• Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival. If something happens, it will be easier to find you.

• If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately. You may have frostbite.

• When shoveling snow, lift lighter loads and take frequent breaks. Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.

• Stay dry. Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.