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Winter Storm Warning continues until Saturday morning for most of Central Illinois

Snow in Friends Plaza outside the IPM studios in February 2022.

Illinois Public Media is tracking a winter storm system. Forecasters expect it to bring blowing snow and dangerously cold temperatures to Central Illinois on December 22 and 23. This story will be updated with posts from Chambana Weather meteorologist Andrew Pritchard and the National Weather Service. Closings and cancellations are being updated here.

Updated Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Updated Friday at 5:00 a.m.

Updated Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Updated Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

We have received several closings and cancellations around the area related to the winter storm. You can find those listed here.

Updated  Thursday at 7:30 a.m. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of central Illinois starting at noon Thursday. Chambana Weather meteorologist Andrew Pritchard has been tracking this storm all week. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline spoke with Pritchard about the impending weather. 

Listen to this interview here. 

Updated Thursday at 6:00 a.m.

National Weather Service

Updated Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.

We’re beginning to receive some closings and cancellations around the area related to the winter storm. You can find those listed here.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the WILL Severe Weather Coverage area from noon Thursday until 6 a.m. Saturday.

* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph resulting in blowing and drifting snow. Visibility a quarter mile or less at times. Wind chill values as low as 30 below zero.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central and southeast Illinois.

* WHEN…From noon Thursday to 6 AM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and isolated power outages are possible. The cold wind chills as low as 35 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

*PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Avoid outside activities if possible. When outside, make sure you wear appropriate clothing, including multiple layers, hat, and gloves. The latest road conditions for Illinois can be obtained on the Internet at www.gettingaroundillinois.com

Updated Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.

Updated Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. 

Updated Tuesday at 5:30 a.m.

Updated Sunday at 10:45 p.m.


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