A winter storm will bring snow and gusty winds to central Illinois


Central Illinois- A Winter Storm is taking aim at central Illinois and will arrive Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

A strong storm system developing tonight across central Texas will lift north during the day tomorrow. Rain will stay to our south until late Tuesday night. Expect rain to overspread central Illinois early Wednesday morning before changing over to all snow by late morning into the early afternoon.

StormCenter 17 Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz says there is still some uncertainty with respect to the track of the low. Fultz says the latest models runs are shifting the low a little farther east, pushing the heaviest precipitation along and east of I-57. There will be a very sharp cut off to the precipitation from east back west. Fultz also says this will be a very wet, heavy snow since this system will have ample moisture, along with surface temperatures above freezing.  

Here is what we know Monday Night:

  • Rain to snow change over happens Wednesday late morning into the early afternoon, with snow wrapped up by Thursday early morning.
  • Time of change over will have an impact on snow totals
  • Snow will be very wet and heavy, as ratio looks to be 7:1 to 9:1
  • Strong winds will come along with the snow, gusts up to 45 mph are possible.
  • A sharp cut-off or gradient of snow will set up across the area. Heaviest snows look to fall from a Danville to Paris northeast line. Some models are showing little if any accumulations west of I-55. 
  • Any change in the track of the low will shift the snowfall forecast either direction. 

Stay tuned for more updates here at www.wandtv.com/weather! 

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