With frigid below-normal temperatures in much of the country, emergency management officials are offering safety tips for winter driving.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state climate experts say the temperature during January was 5 degrees above normal and the state recorded its 14th-warmest January on record.

Winter Weather & Travel Advisory

Dec 16, 2016
Peoria Public Health Dept

  The National Weather Service (NWS) has a Winter Weather Advisory in place this weekend in the Peoria Region. That’s expected to bring cold weather, windy conditions, and a mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow.

Local Health Departments encourage travelers to be aware of slippery roads. They are also offering warming centers for people who need shelter during this cold weather.

Peoria City/County Health Department encourages families to remember these tips:

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The first ever outdoor ice skating venue at the Peoria Civic Center is being called an overwhelming success. PNC Winterfest organizers says they optimistically took the tagline: ‘Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition’ when they announced it last summer. But 11,700 people laced up ice skates and took to the outdoor rink between November 30th when it opened and Monday when it closing.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Officials in Central Illinois say the mild winter is helping their local governments' bottom line.  

The  cities of Bloomington and Normal and McLean County are saving money because temperatures since November have been above normal and there's been little snowfall.

 Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch says it's been the most tame winter he's seen in seven years on the job. 

Chicago author discusses the spirituality of winter

Feb 24, 2015

Are you tired of single digit temperatures? Walking on slippery sidewalks? Scraping ice off the car windshield on cold mornings? Wearing a bundle of heavy clothing? There's much more to winter than these hardships, according to Chicago author Barbara Mahany. Mahany says winter can be a valuable time for deepening one's inner life. Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente has more.

Snowy weather and subzero temperatures are headed for Illinois this week.

City of Peoria stretching its street salt

Feb 17, 2014

The City of Peoria has used more than 10,000 tons of salt so far this winter season. City Streets manager David Haste says there’s enough salt to last through the rest of the season. But he says his staff are trying to make the salt go further:

Peoria’s second snowiest winter on record

Feb 17, 2014

This winter is the second snowiest on record for the Peoria-area. The National Weather Service says the area has received more than 47 inches so far. That’s about 5.5 inches less than the highest recorded snowfall three years ago.  Kirk Huettl is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln. He says this winter is irregular for the region:

Bradley students heading to Russia for Olympic Games

Jan 24, 2014

Eighteen Bradley University students are interning for NBC during the Winter Olympics in Russia next month.  Twelve students are working stateside, and six are heading overseas for the winter games.  Students in the communications department do everything from front-line tasks to production jobs for NBC. Paul Gulliford chairs Bradley’s Communications Department. He says the students had in-depth training during the time they were preparing for the interviews with NBC for the slots:

Winter weather means drivers need to take their time, plan ahead, and give fellow travelers enough room to move.  That’s the message from Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce.  He says some drivers can cause accidents by crowding other cars of snow plows in winter weather:

Ameren expects slightly lower gas bills this winter

Oct 21, 2013

Ameren Illinois customers can expect their gas bills to drop slightly this winter.  The company says customers on average paid 57-cents per therm during the 2012-2013 heating season.  The price is expected to drop as low as 53-cents per therm through the cold winter months this year.