HIGH IMPACT STORM TO AFFECT A LARGE PORTION OF THE MIDWEST TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY

A STRONG WINTER STORM SYSTEM OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS WEDNESDAY 
AFTERNOON WILL TRACK ACROSS CENTRAL ILLINOIS THURSDAY. AHEAD OF
THIS LOW PRESSURE CENTER...RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP OVER THE
AREA TONIGHT ALONG WITH SLOWLY RISING TEMPERATURES. THE RAIN WILL
GRADUALLY CHANGE OVER TO SNOW THURSDAY MORNING WEST OF THE ILLINOIS
RIVER...AND OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE
SURFACE LOW IS NOW EXPECTED TO
TRACK ACROSS CENTRAL ILLINOIS THURSDAY.
HEAVY SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO FALL WELL
TO OUR WEST AND NORTH LATE TONIGHT AND THROUGH THURSDAY.
Forecast valid Thursday 18Z
THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS FORECAST TO FALL OVER PARTS OF 
IOWA...NORTHWEST ILLINOIS INTO SOUTHWEST. THE
POTENTIAL
EXISTS FOR 12 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH LATE THURSDAY.
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL BE EXPECTED IN SOME AREAS. 
 
 


IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS...CURRENT INDICATIONS SUGGEST SNOWFALL TOTALS OF
AROUND 1 TO 3 INCHES BY LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN AREAS NORTH OF
THE ILLINOIS RIVER. LIGHTER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE TO THE EAST...
WITH AROUND 1 INCH POSSIBLE IN THE INTERSTATE 55 AREA AND TO THE WEST.
STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THURSDAY...PROMPTING THE ISSUANCE
OF HIGH WINDS WARNINGS AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES OVER CENTRAL
ILLINOIS. WIND SPEEDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH CAN BE
EXPECTED.
NWS Watch, Warning, Advisory Map

  

GRAPHICS ABOVE COURTESY OF THE HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER (HPC) and STORM PREDICTION CENTER (SPC) 

 



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