The eve of the winter storm is set for Thursday | News


A winter storm watch will be in effect beginning Thursday morning and continuing through 6 p.m.

The Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service say heavy mixed precipitation is possible. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of about one-tenth of an inch are possible. Winds could blow up to 35 mph.

The surveillance area includes Vermilion and Champaign counties. Parts of central and east-central Illinois lie in the storm’s path, primarily from around Jacksonville to Bloomington and eastward.

Expect slippery road conditions. Hazardous conditions will likely impact the evening ride.

A change of rain to a mix of ice pellets and freezing rain will occur Thursday morning west of I-55, and east of there in the afternoon. This mixture will change to snow throughout the afternoon.

Those in the watch area are encouraged to monitor the latest forecasts for updates.

AccuWeather meteorologists are calling it a “dynamic” storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in the Midwest, with the worst part of the system moving into northern Illinois.

“This appears to be a fairly dynamic storm with the potential for major impacts of several types, including heavy snowfall, significant ice accumulation, flooding, extreme weather, and even a fairly wide area of ​​strong winds,” said AccuWeather La Troy Thornton meteorologist, adding that nearly the entire eastern half of the nation will likely be at stake for at least one of these threats.

Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall from northeast Kansas to an inch of Michigan, including the greater Chicago metro area, Wednesday through Thursday. For many locations in the Midwest, precipitation will begin as rain and transition to snow as temperatures drop. Many, including those in the Windy City, can expect slippery roads and sidewalks Wednesday night and Thursday, especially as extremely cold air freezes all wet areas from the rain.


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