Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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Heavy snow warning noon Tuesday to noon Wednesday

From NWS, 3 a.m. Tuesday

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[February 04, 2014]  Another winter storm will affect central Illinois from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

This winter storm warning is in effect from noon Tuesday to noon Wednesday 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 and Clark, including the cities of Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Havana, Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Jacksonville, Springfield, Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon and Shelbyville.

Timing: Snow is expected to begin by late Tuesday morning near Jacksonville and Rushville and may extend in a narrow corridor as far east as Bloomington and Champaign by midday. The snow will become widespread during the afternoon across all of central Illinois and continue much of the night before diminishing Wednesday morning. Blowing snow will begin occurring by late Tuesday evening and continue into Wednesday morning.

Accumulations: Two to 4 inches of snow will be likely by sunset Tuesday. By the time the snow ends Wednesday morning, a total of 6 to 7 inches will accumulate in much of central Illinois, with locally higher amounts along a line from Rushville to Danville. In areas north and northwest of Peoria, storm totals of 5 to 6 inches will be more common.

Wind: Northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph will become northerly Tuesday night.

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Visibilities: Heavier bands of snow will reduce visibility to under a half-mile at times Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night. In addition, blowing snow will reduce visibilities at times Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Impacts: Road conditions will rapidly deteriorate Tuesday afternoon and remain poor through Tuesday night. Areas of blowing snow Tuesday night will reduce visibilities and contribute to the hazardous road conditions.

Precautionary, preparedness actions: A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Graphic: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/

[Text from National Weather Service, Lincoln office]

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