A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon for the following counties in the abc/NewsChannel 15 viewing area: McLean, DeWitt, Macon, Shelby, Piatt, Champaign, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Vermilion, Edgar, Warren(IN), Fountain(IN), Vermillion(IN), Parke(IN) and Montgomery(IN)
OVERNIGHT: Rain changing to Snow
Becoming Windy, some blowing Snow
WEDNESDAY: AM Snow, Colder
Very Windy, blowing Snow
High 28 (falling temps)
THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny
Low 8/High 40
FRIDAY: Partly Cloudy
Low 31/High 55
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny
Low 31/High 48
Skies were sunny earlier, although a thin layer of cloudiness did slide across east central Illinois and west central Indiana during the afternoon. Highs were in the 60s.
--STORM TEAM FORECAST--
A frontal boundary over mid Illinois and Indiana will drop to the south overnight allowing much colder air to filter in on strong north-westerly winds by early morning on Wednesday. A disturbance along the frontal boundary will bring rain across mid Illinois and northern Indiana until much colder air makes its way southward overnight. Rain will change to a frozen mixture of sleet, freezing rain and eventually all snow by wake up time on Wednesday morning.
Snow will begin to accumulate from the US 36 corridor northward, while much of the precipitation will more than likely be mostly liquid or an icy combination of rain/snow to the south. Snow accumulations will be offset by more liquid/ice, while locations to the north will experience more snow accumulation.
Several inches of snow is expected across the abc/NewsChannel 15 viewing area beginning during the early morning hours of Wednesday. Winds will be on the increase as well, gusting to around 40mph during the morning, bringing about reduced visibilities with blowing snow.
Snowfall totals are projected to be between 4 to 8-inches north of Illinois Route 9, while lesser amounts are expected to the south, anywhere from 2 to 5-inches of snow. A Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisories will be in effect overnight into the day on Wednesday. Click on Watches & Warnings to see if your county is under such a weather advisory. Pink=Winter Storm Warning, Purple=Winter Weather Advisory
On the back side of this Winter storm system, we expect a rather quick warm-up. So any snow accumulation will be quick to melt by the weekend. Highs on Thursday, after a very cold start in the single digits, will be around 40, then highs in the mid 50s are expected on Friday.
Be sure and follow any precipitation on INTERACTIVE RADAR!
--6-10 DAY OUTLOOK--
March 17-21: Both temperatures and precipitation look to be below average during this time period.
Storm Team 15 Morning Meteorologist
Chief Weather Anchor