Be prepared for snow, freezing rain, arctic air across central Illinois

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday for our entire listening area. (Photo National Weather Service Lincoln)


By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – All of central Illinois remains under a winter weather advisory as a mixed bag of weather will hit the area this weekend.

The winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday. Heart of Illinois ABC Meteorologist Joe Puma says snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches is possible Friday.

Puma says snow won’t be the only factor throughout the evening.  Freezing rain will move into the area around 8 p.m.

Road conditions will likely be impacted, especially during Friday night’s commute. Up to date road conditions are available at

As we head into Saturday rain will continue, but by sunrise the precipitation should taper off, according to Puma.

It will also be brutally cold, as temps will start to fall Saturday afternoon with Sunday’s high only reaching 11 degrees.

Connect Transit will open its warming station in downtown Bloomington due to the frigid tempartures. The warming station will be open Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday from 6:15 in the morning until 10 p.m. The warming station is located in the McLean County Health Department parking lot.

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