January 17 – Illinois residents are beginning to brace themselves for a storm the National Weather Service says could bring a half-foot of snow to parts of the state.
National Weather Service forecasters say the storm is expected to start Friday afternoon. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible in northern and central Illinois through Saturday, with drifting and blowing snow expected thanks to 30 mph wind gusts.
Forecasters say it’s a complex weather system and accumulation predictions could change. The storm is due a week after parts of Illinois received double-digit snow accumulations.
The National Weather Service’s forecast for the Decatur area on Friday and Saturday anticipates the possibility of 2 to 4 inches of snow both days.
Precipitation may begin Friday evening as a mix of rain, snow, and freezing rain south of Interstate 72. Hazardous driving conditions are expected to develop Friday Night and continue into the weekend.
SOURCE: Associated Press with staff contributions