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Winter storm watch during the day and evening Thursday     Send a link to a friend

[10:15 a.m. Wednesday announcement]

[FEB. 4, 2003]  Low pressure developing over New Mexico will track northeast into western Tennessee by Thursday evening and approach Detroit, Mich., by dawn Friday morning. This storm will have ample Gulf moisture to pump north into central Illinois on Thursday along with cold air in place.

Snow should develop Thursday morning across central Illinois, then change to sleet and freezing rain from Interstate 55 east on Thursday afternoon. The precipitation should diminish Thursday evening and change back to light snow after midnight. Significant snow accumulations are possible from the Illinois River to the northwest, with snow and ice across central areas and significant ice possible along and south of Interstate 70.

If you are planning to travel on Thursday, make sure your vehicle is winterized and in good working order. You may want to adjust your travel time to avoid the winter storm, especially if traveling across central Illinois and to the areas south and west. Remain informed with the latest statements and forecasts on this developing winter weather situation.

For the counties of Cass, Champaign, Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Piatt, Sangamon, Scott and Vermilion, including the cities of Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, Decatur, Havana, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Springfield and Taylorville:

A winter storm watch is in effect from Thursday morning to midnight Thursday night.

Snow will develop Thursday morning across central Illinois, then mix with or change to sleet Thursday afternoon. The precipitation will diminish Thursday evening, when freezing drizzle is also possible. Around a half inch of sleet is possible Thursday along with 1 to 3 inches of snow.


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For the counties of Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Peoria, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford, including the cities of Galesburg and Peoria:

A winter storm watch is in effect from Thursday morning to midnight Thursday night.

Snow will develop Thursday morning across the Illinois River valley and continue into Thursday night. The heaviest snow will occur Thursday afternoon. Between 3 and 6 inches of snow is likely with this storm.

For the counties of Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Richland and Shelby, including the cities of Effingham, Flora, Lawrenceville, Mattoon and Shelbyville:

A winter storm watch is in effect from Thursday morning to midnight Thursday night.

Snow and sleet will develop across areas from Shelbyville to Mattoon to Paris Thursday morning. The precipitation will change to freezing rain Thursday afternoon, then diminish Thursday night. Up to a quarter inch of ice could accumulate.

[10:15 a.m. Wednesday news release]

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