Central Illinois could see 3-4 inches of snow Thursday evening. (Photo Courtesy National Weather Service)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - Central Illinois could see slightly more snow Thursday night than initially expected.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Ed Shimon said McLean and Livingston counties could see three to four inches of snow, with heavier totals greater than five inches west of Peoria.
"You're right in the battle zone where there's going to be some sleet mixed in and maybe even warm enough for a little freezing rain but you're right in the transition zone over McLean County," he said.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all of Central Illinois.
Snow accumulation will be the main concern on the roads.
"Roadways shouldn't be overcome with any freezing rain accumulation in the Mclean County area, anyway," Shimon said.
Wind could degrade visibility in the evening, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour expected.
Shimon said snowfall will begin around 6 p.m. and the heaviest precipitation will fall from 7 p.m. to midnight.
"The initial wave of snow will probably be a few flurries, and then wham, you're going to get hit pretty hard, pretty quickly," he said.
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