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By WSIL Reporter

Williamson County -- A rare and powerful storm system arrived in southern Illinois late Christmas night. Precipitation began as rain and sleet before switching to a heavy, wet snow very early Wednesday morning. Snow was so heavy at times that visibilities were below a quarter mile, which makes this storm an official blizzard. Pittsburg, IL reported less than 50 feet visibility around 3:19 a.m. Wednesday.

The snow will end from southwest to northeast this afternoon. High winds will continue to cause blowing and drifting snow all day.

You are strongly advised to stay off the roadways and use caution even when shoveling snow.

Here are some impressive snowfall totals from around the region already. Some of these spots are still picking up snow so these totals will likely increase.

Dudley, MO - 12.0"
Carterville, IL - 7.0"
Shawneetown, IL - 9.5"
Carrier Mills, IL - 9.0"
Mount Carmel, IL - 11.0"
Elizabethtown, IL - 9.0"
Carbondale, IL - 8.0"
Albion, IL - 18.3"
Stone Fort, IL - 12.0"
Crossville, IL - 11.4"
Carmi, IL - 11.5"
Marion, IL - 14.5"
Marion Regional
Current: 32°
Clear
High: 36°
Low: 32°
Wind: 5 MPH
Pressure: 0.00
Humidity: 69 %

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