The National Weather Service said one to three inches of snow is expected in McLean, Logan and Sangamon Counties, while areas to the north and west will get higher amounts. (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
By Stephanie Pawlowski and Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - Snow showers will continue Tuesday evening through the overnight, with amounts ranging from one to three inches in McLean County, two to four inches in LaSalle County and six to eight inches for areas along the Mississippi River.
A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for McLean, DeWitt, Logan, Woodford, Tazewell, Mason and Marshall Counties until 12 p.m. Wednesday. Livingston County is not included in the warned area.
National Weather Service spotters reported 2.5 inches of accumulation in Bloomington as of 5 p.m. and nearly 3 inches in Heyworth.
WMBD 31 Chief Meteorologist Marcus Bailey said the heavier snow will begin to taper off in the evening.
"Once the low starts to more further north and east we'll see that lighter snow which is out in Iowa head our direction. That's not going to be with us only tonight, it'll probably be with us most of the day Wednesday into Thursday as well," he said.
Winds may also be a factor tonight.
Once the rain changed to snow this afternoon, the roads started to get slushy again. But, the snow started to get so heavy that plows in the Twin Cities had a hard time keeping up.
"The snow is coming down so heavy that as much as we run the routes, as soon as we run them they get covered again. We are salting in select locations, it's just that the snow is so heavy we are trying to keep up," Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch said.
Normal Public Works Director Robin Weaver said plows continue to salt.
"We have the full crew out with all the trucks and personnel available. We will stay on collector and arterial streets until the storm ends," Weaver said.
Both Karch and Weaver said the full compliment of plows are on the streets.
Snow and ice caused a number of minor accidents throughout Bloomington-Normal, including a vehicle that hit a house in the 3000 block of Providence, although no injuries were reported.
A semi overturned on Interstate 39 near Minonk, while Route 150 westbound in Downs was temporarily shut down after a pileup blocked traffic.
Some afternoon and evening flights through Central Illinois Regional Airport have been canceled.
State Police report several spin outs and accidents on the interstates. A winter weather travel advisory is in effect.