Below-zero wind chills cancel school in parts of Illinois

January 16, 2018 GMT

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service has wind chill advisories in effect for western, central and southern Illinois as bitter cold temperatures blanketed parts of the state.

The advisories were issued through noon Tuesday, warning of wind chills as low as -25 degrees. Forecasters also warned of hazardous driving conditions due to snow in some areas.

The frigid weather prompted dozens of school closings Tuesday in central and southern Illinois, including Springfield, Belleville, Edwardsville, Alton and Taylorville. Students on their way back to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana faced a Tuesday forecast of 3 degrees with a -14 wind chill.

Also in Champaign, one men’s emergency shelter that can hold 30 per night is seeing an average of 43 men a night seeking beds. An overflow shelter has opened.