A car driving in south Bloomington as snow starts to build on the more rural McLean County roads. (Stephanie Pawlowski/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - The National Weather Service expects two to three inches of total accumulation from the New Year's Eve storm.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of Central and south Central Illinois until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
WMBD 31 Meteorologist Karissa Sanford said the storm will be moderate.
"The bulk of the snowfall that will bring us the accumulation will likely fall into the afternoon," she said. "Then once we start to hit the evening it will taper off and by midnight when we're ringing in the New Year, it'll really start to dry out."
The NWS said there is a small chance that some of the snow could become mixed with freezing rain along and south of I-70 late Monday night.
Since snowfall amounts are so low, plows are salting the roads. Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch said plows will stay out as long as the snow continues, but the salting is focused on the primary and secondary routes.
"We do encourage people, as you're going out to your holiday travels, as you go onto the side streets, they won't be plowed, they won't be salted, so really drive careful on the side streets and just be careful," Karch said.
Normal Public Works Director Robin Weaver said if the storm ends, as projected, by 9 p.m., then roads should be fine for drivers leaving or coming home from New Year's Eve parties.
"We'll have time before midnight to make sure that intersections, curves and any inclines are salted and prepared for people, like any other storm," Weaver said.
Karch said the temperatures, which have been in the low 30's all day, are helping because the water running on the roads isn't refreezing.
The Illinois Department of Transportation reports the interstates are patchy and somewhat slick.
Very cold air will move into the area early Tuesday morning and Tuesday night. Dry and cold weather is expected the rest of the week with a warm up possible during the weekend.
Paul Morello contributed to this report.