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Hazardous winter weather to spread across area beginning midafternoon

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[February 21, 2013]  The National Weather Service in Lincoln posted a message early Thursday indicating that hazardous winter weather will spread across central and southeast Illinois on Thursday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday for the counties of Knox, Stark, Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, Fulton, Tazewell, McLean, Mason and Logan, including the cities of Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Havana and Lincoln.

Timing: Snow is expected to spread into areas south of Interstate 74 by midafternoon and into areas north of I-74 during the latter part of the afternoon. The heaviest precipitation is expected between 5 p.m. and midnight. After midnight the snow may mix with or change to freezing drizzle.

Accumulations: Three to 5 inches of snow are likely, with the higher totals west of the Illinois River.

Wind: East winds of 15 to 20 mph will gust to near 30 mph at times. This will create areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Impacts: Conditions will deteriorate rapidly once the snow begins. Travel will become hazardous due to poor visibility and roads quickly becoming snow-covered and icy. The potential for some freezing drizzle late Thursday night will make driving conditions even more hazardous.

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Precautionary, preparedness actions: A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.


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[Text from National Weather Service, Lincoln office]

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