A Winter Storm Watch has been issued from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon for the following counties in the ABC/NewsChannel 15 viewing area: Clark, Cumberland and Vigo(IN). Click on Watches & Warnings to see what other counties in the region are included in the Watch area.
Showers, Turning Colder!
THURSDAY: Clouds, Colder!
High 35(falling temps through the afternoon/evening)
Low 19/High 24
Low 11/High 22
Low 15/High 28
MONDAY: Mostly Cloudy
Low 22/High 28
Clouds, fog and light rain showers/sprinkles/drizzle were pretty much the norm over the area during the day on Wednesday. Even with that, conditions were rather warm, in fact unseasonably warm reaching to the low 60s at many areas of central Illinois. Some in east central Illinois were topping out in the upper 50s.
--STORM TEAM 15 FORECAST--
As stated in the forecast, our far southern counties are included in a Winter Storm Watch which will be in effect from Thursday through late Friday. Snow will begin in southeast Illinois later on Thursday afternoon. A lull will occur early Friday before additional snowfall begins later in the day. Accumulations of 5-8 inches of snow are possible in areas south of I-70.
For those of us north of the Watch area, we still anticipate at least a dusting of snow in our northern most counties, with a swath of snow accumulating 1-3" from Taylorville to Tuscola to Georgetown and Crawfordsville. Accumulations of 3-5" are expected along and south of the Illinois Route 16 corridor from Shelbyville to Mattoon, Charleston, Paris and Rockville. The heaviest snow will occur just outside of the ABC/NewsChannel 15 viewing area. Now, keep in mind, this is an estimate based on the path of the disturbances moving to the northeast along two incoming frontal boundaries. Any variation could change the snowfall totals in any one particular area.
With the incoming Winter storm, slippery conditions will develop quickly later Thursday as temperatures fall to below freezing. A period of sleet or freezing rain could also develop ahead of the snowfall. Moderate snow could occur during the overnight Thursday into Friday morning. Visibilities could also play a part in any travel taking place during the period of the snowfall.
For those with travel plans late Thursday into Friday please stay tuned to ABC/NewsChannel 15 for the latest forecasts.
Be sure and click on Interactive Radar to follow rain/snow in our area!
For the weekend the effects of the incoming Arctic air mass will be felt in a big way as temperature readings fall to near 10-degrees early Saturday. High pressure will build back into the area to bring us sunshine, but very cold conditions. The second day of the weekend will see cloudy skies and an additional chance of snow. This could bring an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow over the entire ABC/NewsChannel 15 viewing area.
--6-10 DAY OUTLOOK--
December 10-14: Temperature readings are expected to be below average during the six to ten day period, while precipitation is also expected to be well below average.
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