Thursday, November 15, 2018
Jacob Steyer, center, and Mike Harris take advantage of being out of school to enjoy some slippery fun on the snow. Mother Melissa Steyer watches closely as the two sled down a hill at the intersection of Locus and 5th Streets in Vienna. The Vienna Times photo

Winter weather impacts local events

Winter weather hit Southern Illinois over the weekend and caused the cancellation of many local events.

A winter storm warning was issued for Southern Illinois counties including Union, Johnson, Alexander and Pulaski County.

This warning was in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 until 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.

Heavy mixed precipitation was expected.

Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches was expected  on top of up to one quarter inch of ice accumulations.

Strong and gusty winds increased the hazard to power lines and tree branches weighted by the snow and ice.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, and ice are expected.

The National Weather Service in Paducah reported that portions of Johnson County received 1-2, 3-4 and 4-6 inches of snowfall.

All Johnson County schools closed on Friday, Jan. 12 due to inclement weather.

Homecoming celebrations for Vienna High School and Goreville High School were rescheduled.

The Vienna High School Homecoming coronation and dance has been rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 9. They will play Christopher.

The Goreville High School coronation and dance has been rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 17.

More winter weather hit Southern Illinois on Monday, Jan. 15.

The National Weather Service in Paducah reported a winter weather advisory was in effect from Monday, Jan. 15 at 4 a.m. until Monday at 6 p.m. for all of Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Southeast Missouri.

Most areas were expected to receive 1 to 2 inches of snow. Following the snow, very cold conditions were expected Tuesday morning.

A wind chill advisory was in effect from 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 until noon on Tuesday.

Because of inclement weather, all Johnson County schools were also closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Schools were also out on Monday, Jan. 15, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

VHS reported that the Eldorado Girl’s Tournament on Monday was canceled due the inclement weather.

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