Storm Drops 18.5 Inches of Snow in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A record 18 1/2 inches of snow have buried Springfield causing numerous public school and university closings.

But the weather hasn't deterred tourists from visiting the state's capital yesterday. Wayne Cerne and his family drove to Springfield to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Statehouse. The Downers Grove man says his family was unprepared for the snowfall and didn't bring snow boots.

The storm has also disrupted business for some local stores. Mike Zengilani is the general manager of a coffee shop downtown. He says food delivery trucks were late more than five hours from their regular morning drop off time.

He says he never hesitates about opening the store during snowstorms because while everyone else is closed, he gets customers in and out.


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