Downtown Bloomington, IL - 2/2/11 Blizzard. Photo by Eric Stock, WJBC    Winter Weather Information


  (TOP) Downtown Bloomington 2/2/11
Photo by Eric Stock, WJBC 
  (BOTTOM) Lincoln NWS 2/2/11 - Photo by NWS

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                           - These provide you with information about things like slick roads 
                              due to "black ice", short duration heavy snow bands, wind chills 
                              close to -15 degrees  for a couple of hours - OR to heighten 
                              awareness of an impending winter storm.


  • Winter Watches: Severe winter weather is possible in the next 1 to 3 days. We are still tracking the storm, and the impacts could change, so keep up with the latest information - especially if you have travel plans.  
  • Winter Advisories: Winter weather the next day or so - such as snow, sleet, icing (freezing rain), gusty winds and/or cold temperatures will result mainly in travel problems / delays. If you plan on spending time outdoors, be prepared to stay as dry and warm as possible.

    Advisories for snow are issued for 2 to 5 inches. Advisories for ice are for icing less than 1/4" thick.
  • Winter Warnings: A Winter storm the next day or so - is expected to result in signficant amounts of snow, sleet, icing, very gusty winds and/or extremely cold temperatures. The impacts will be significant with hazardous travel and possibly extended power outages. Getting stranded outdoors could be deadly.

    Warnings for snow are for 6 inches or more. Warnings for icing are for more than 1/4" thick, which can cause damage to trees and power lines.


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