Winter storm advisory in effect

Students bear through the weather Tuesday night. Erica Magda

Students bear through the weather Tuesday night. Erica Magda

By Melissa Chua

The state issued a winter storm advisory Thursday morning that will remain in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday afternoon to noon on Friday.

All Unit Four schools in Champaign have been closed Friday due to the prediction of 10 to 12 inches of snow, said Ron Bode, principal of Centennial High School in Champaign.

According to the forecast by Scott Olthoff, WILL-AM 580 meterologist, between five to eight inches will accumulate overnight by 8 a.m. Friday morning.

Snow is expected to fall the heaviest between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday morning, according to Carl Weber, the Director of Maintenance at the University Facilities and Services.

Total snow accumulation over night is predicted to reach eight to ten inches by noon Friday.

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Snow plows will target primary campus streets and drives first. The University grounds and building services departments will be clearing sidewalks and building entrances as their top priorities.

Students are advised not to worry too much about snow on sidewalks. “We have been out all day pre-treating sidewalks and salting streets in preparation of the snow,” said Weber.

Because of the snow, vehicle parking in lots without proper permit will not warrant parking violations Friday.

The University Facilities and Services’ Maintenance Division advises drivers to move their cars off the streets tonight in order to help efforts to clear the snow from the roads.

Check for updates on the storm.