and blowing snow advisory
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Snow and blowing snow will move into central
Illinois Friday night. A fast-moving storm system centered over
southeastern South Dakota will move rapidly southeast and be centered
over central Illinois by dawn Saturday. This storm will not have as much
moisture as the previous storm on Tuesday, so snow amounts are only
expected to be around 3 inches. However, strong winds are expected to
accompany the storm. Wind speeds will increase to the 20 to 30 mph range
with higher gusts above 40 mph later Friday night and especially on
Saturday. This will produce considerable blowing and drifting of the
snow that is already on the ground, in addition to the 3 inches of new
snow. There will be a brief lull in winds early Saturday as the low
pressure makes its closest pass, but winds will again increase behind
the low through much of Saturday afternoon. Travel will become difficult
later Friday night through Saturday.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a snow and
blowing snow advisory in effect from 8 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m.
Saturday for the counties of Knox, Stark, Peoria, Marshall,
Woodford, Fulton, Tazewell, McLean, Schuyler, Mason, Logan, DeWitt,
Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Cass, Menard, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon,
Christian, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Shelby,
Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richland and
Lawrence, including the cities of Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington,
Normal, Havana, Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Jacksonville,
Springfield, Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon, Shelbyville,
Effingham, Flora and Lawrenceville.
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Expect snow to begin before midnight Friday and continue into
midday Saturday. New snowfall of around 3 inches will be common over
the area. Strong south winds Friday evening and overnight into the
predawn hours will produce considerable blowing and drifting snow.
After the low exits the area Saturday morning, the winds will switch
to the north and gust to around 40 mph at times.
A snow and blowing snow advisory means that visibilities will be
limited due to a combination of falling and blowing snow. Use
caution when traveling, especially in open areas.
(Text from announcement received from
the Emergency Email