Snow and sleet mixture to hit central Illinois Sunday morning
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES in effect for all of central Illinois until 9am Sunday with the exception of Ford and Iroquois counties which go until 12pm Sunday. A mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will disrupt travel through the morning hours.
SUNDAY IS A CODE RED DAY
Incoming weather system tonight will produce all icy types of precipitation include snow, sleet, and freezing rain but in different proportions depending on where you live. We've been getting a lot of reports of sleet and freezing rain thus far before 8pm Saturday. This has created icy roads across several counties mainly hugging Interstate-72. Drive with caution tonight and Sunday morning.
TIMING: Between now and ending around 8am Sunday.
SNOW: Most locations in central Illinois will receive about 1" or less. Locations near Havana, Macomb, Peoria, and Wateska will be in a 1-3" range because all the moisture will fall in the form of snow and not ice.
SLEET: Most of central Illinois will see some form of sleet tonight especially near Jacksonville, Springfield, Petersburg, Lincoln, and Champaign. Those accumulations may exceed .10" be will be combined with freezing rain and snow throughout the night and morning.
FREEZING RAIN: Locations near Mattoon, Effingham, Virden, and most southern cmomunities in our viewing area will see nearly all freezing rain and little to no snow at all. Ice accumulations will be around .10" but could be up to .15-.20" in the most extreme cases.
TRAVEL: No matter if you see snow, sleet, freezing rain, or a mixture, the inclement weather will create a travel disruption through the morning hours Sunday. Travel with care, have yourself plenty of stopping distance, and give yourself extra time to arrive to your destination safely.
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