BLOOMINGTON — Bitterly cold temperatures are, once again, closing schools with Illinois State University, Unit 5, and District 87 schools and more than a dozen others announcing they will be closed Monday morning. In addition, several customers are without power late Sunday due to the weather.
The Pantagraph has received confirmation of ISU and its lab schools -- University High School and Metcalf School -- closing Monday; they also will be closed Tuesday.
Heartland Community College announced it was closing Monday about 9 p.m.
Bloomington District 87, McLean County Unit 5, Fieldscrest, Blue Ridge and Mount Pulaski schools also had cancelled classes on Monday as of 7:30 p.m. A complete list of cancellations is available on Pantagraph.com.
Several power outages were also reported in Central Illinois Sunday night due to the high winds.
Ameren reported 436 customers without power as of 10 p.m. In McLean County, 631 customers were without power. In Tazewell County, there were 196 customers without and in Woodford County, 42 customers were without electricity. Logan County was reporting nine customers without power.
A cold arctic front is pushing into Central Illinois Sunday night, bringing strong northwesterly winds of 35 miles per hour, with gusts to 45 miles per hour. There is also a chance for a “burst of light snow” for two to three hours tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln.
There is little accumulation expected – only a dusting, say meteorologists with the NWS - but it could mean lower visibilities that could cause brief whiteout conditions for a period of time.
Temperatures will drop below zero in most locations across Central Illinois by Monday morning and wind chill will range from -15 degrees to -30 degrees. The coldest morning is expected to be Tuesday with low tempera-tures ranging from -5 to -15 degrees and wind chills dropping to -35 degrees.
Temperatures will gradually become warmer by Wednesday.
A wind chill warning remains in effect from midnight tonight to noon on Tuesday. The extreme cold is danger-ous for any exposed skin. Frostbite can occur on unprotected skin in as little as 10 to 15 minutes.
Today’s high will reach 43 degrees, before the temperatures plummet.
On Monday, it will be mostly sunny, but bitterly cold, with a high near -3 degrees. Mostly clear skies are forecast for Monday night through Thursday when a chance of snow returns.
Tuesday’s high will be 3 degrees, and Wednesday, the high is expected to be 20 degrees. With the chance of snow on Thursday, the high will be 28 degrees.
There is also a chance of snow Friday and Saturday.