Snow on the way to central Illinois

Snow on the way to central Illinois

Expect to see first accumulating snow of the season today

The National Weather Service in Lincoln said rain early in the evening will quickly turn to snow. Total accumulation is expected to be around an inch, though areas north of Interstate 74 could see accumulation up to two inches.

The NWS said most of the snow will be in grassy areas, but there may be some slick spots on the roadways during the Friday morning commute. Roads will be slicker west of Interstate 55, where temperatures will be colder.

The snow should start around 9 p.m. Thursday and continue for about 12 hours. By the time its over, Peoria could see up to 1.3 inches of snow. Areas near Jacksonville and Canton could see a half inch more.

Dan Smith of the National Weather Service in Lincoln said the snow, which will start off wet and turn more “crunchy” as the night goes on, will likely not to stick to the roads. Rather, theyll be wet because the ground in most areas isnt below freezing.

The last time Peoria received an inch of snow before Nov. 10 was back in 1991, according to the weather service. The historical average date of that first inch in Peoria? December 9.

A deepening low pressure system from Canada is headed into the Upper Midwest and temperatures will dip into the 20s. The wind could pick up Saturday, giving us our first measurable wind chill of the season. Think nine degrees above zero.

The extended forecast calls for a brief respite on Monday, followed by another cold snap through the rest of the week. There could be a chance of more snow early next week, but thats a small chance. Overall, this is it for about a week, Smith said.

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