Illinoisans Urged to Stay Indoors As Cold Lingers

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinoisans are coping with a second day of dangerously cold temperatures while road crews dig out of a weekend storm that dumped up to a foot of snow across much of the state.

The National Weather Service says temperatures fell to 14 below zero in the St. Louis suburb of Cahokia overnight. Temperatures throughout the rest of the state ranged from 12 below in the Chicago area to minus 11 in Springfield and minus 1 in Carbondale.

Temperatures were expected to climb above zero throughout the day.

Even so, motorists are being asked to stay off the roads.

Transportation officials say most roads are still covered with snow and ice, and wind is making it difficult to clear them.

Illinois Department of Transportation spokeswoman Paris Ervin says conditions are dangerous.

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