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Snowstorm Hitting Southern Illinois, Indiana

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HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) – Snow is falling in parts of southern Illinois and central Indiana and forecasters say parts of the region could get more than a foot by the time a wintry storm moves through.

The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. says portions of southern Illinois should receive between a tenth to a quarter inch of ice in addition to the snow.

Forecasters say areas south of Interstate 70 could get between five and 11 inches of snow, while areas north of the interstate – particularly between Springfield and Danville – should only receive a dusting.

But areas near Benton could get slammed with between 10 and 14 inches.

WSIL-TV reports Illinois State Police have responded to dozens of accidents.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m.

The overnight snowfall across central and southern Indiana has caused dozens of school districts to close for the day or delay the start of classes.

Roads were snow covered or slushy in many areas as the National Weather Service reported 3 to 4 inches of snow being common Friday morning.

That band of snow is also relatively narrow, with no snow being seen in Lafayette and less than an inch in Evansville.

Weather service meteorologist Chad Swain says 3-5 inches of additional snow could fall later Friday in the southern half of the state.

Police say drivers need to be cautious because many slide-off crashes have happened on the slick roads.

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