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Illinois State Police troopers have responded to multiple crashes this morning caused by snow- and ice-covered bridge decks across Central Illinois, trooper Tracy Lillard said.

The Decatur area is part of a swath of Central Illinois under a hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service at Lincoln. Very cold area moving across the area will result in a hard freeze tonight, the weather service said.

Snow flurries are expected before noon today, when the high temperature is 40 degrees in Decatur. By Tuesday, things will warm up, with sunny weather and a high near 54.

The crashes included multiple incidents on Interstate 74, including I-74 Westbound at I-57, I-74 eastbound at Mahomet, and I-74 westbound Mile Post 213.5 in Vermilion County, police said. 

Representatives for the Decatur Police Department and Macon County Sheriff's Office said they have not responded to any weather-related accidents this morning.

Emergency responders are requesting drivers use caution while driving. They suggest drivers slow down, move over for emergency vehicles and use caution while traveling.

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