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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

Ice coats Central Illinois making roadways very slick

IDOT camera with ice on January 8, 2022.

Updated Saturday at 10:15 p.m. This post will be updated as new forecasts are posted.

CHAMPAIGN – On Saturday afternoon and evening, meteorologists are predicting much of Central Illinois will see freezing rain and icy roadways.

The National Weather Service in Central Illinois has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

Ice accumulations up to 1/10th of an inch are expected. That is enough to make sidewalks and roads slick but not enough to cause widespread power outages.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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