Mid-week storm set to bring snow, wind back to central Illinois

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- A mid-week storm looks to bring measurable snow and strong winds back to parts of central Illinois after record warmth last weekend.

Unlike the last several snowy systems, this one is moving north from the Gulf, meaning it will be carrying plenty of moisture. The big question -- how much of that moisture will fall as snow.

StormCenter17 Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says the storm will move in Tuesday night with rain likely falling first. As colder air moves in Wednesday morning, that rain will change to a heavy, wet snow (as opposed to a fluffy powder). Because the snow will be wet, it will take longer to pile up which could cut back on accumulations. While specific snow totals aren't being released yet, light to moderate accumulations appear likely, especially across east-central Illinois.

Here's what we know now, as of Monday morning:

  • Precipitation starts Tuesday night and ends by early Thursday morning.
  • Any snow will be a heavy, wet snow with ratios of 5-10:1.
  • Strong winds will accompany the storm, gusting up to 45 mph Wednesday.
  • The gradient (or change) in snow totals will be large across central Illinois. For example, Peoria isn't expecting any snow, while the best chance for snow sits east of I-55.
  • Any minor changes in the storm track will shift the snowfall.

Be sure to watch WAND-TV or check back with www.wandtv.com/weather for any updates to the forecast.

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