This statement is 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.
One of the coldest air masses
in years will overspread the Midwest on Sunday into Sunday night.
The storm system accompanying this cold front is expected to bring
the threat for significant snow to parts of central, east-central
and southeast Illinois on Saturday night and then continue through
much of the day Sunday. Current indications suggest that significant
snow accumulations will be possible across much of the area, with
the higher probabilities for heavy snow, in excess of 6 inches,
roughly along and south of a Springfield-to-Champaign line.
After the snowfall, a bitterly cold arctic air mass will settle
across the region. Low temperatures by Monday and Tuesday mornings
are expected to drop to between 10 and 15 below zero. Strong
northwest winds are expected to create dangerous wind chill values
ranging from 30 to 40 below zero. High temperatures on Monday are
expected to remain below zero across most of our area.
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If you plan on traveling across the Midwest later Saturday into
Sunday, be prepared for the potential for heavy snow followed by a
bitterly cold air mass Sunday night. People should listen for later
statements on this potential winter storm.
For updates, check http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/.
[Text from National Weather
Service, Lincoln office]