The National Weather Service has upgraded its Winter Weather Advisory for the Regional Radio listening area, to a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6pm Sunday.
Montgomery and Fayette Counties were already in the Warning, which means a total of 5 to 7 inches of snow can be expected in the entire listening area by this evening.
The Weather Service says snow can be expected to continue through the morning hours before we see a decrease in areal coverage this afternoon when the storm system begins to pull away from the area. This will result in a continuation of hazardous driving conditions into the afternoon hours.
However, by this afternoon, surface temperatures will range from 30 to 35 degrees so we expect an improvement with the main roadways, however, secondary roadways will remain slick.
The Weather Service added that the higher snowfall totals will range from 5 to 7 inches with locally higher amounts possible, especially just east and south of a Springfield and Taylorville line through Mattoon and Paris.
Locations northwest of a line from Rushville to Bloomington/Normal - including the Peoria Metro area - can expect 1-4" of snow, with lesser amounts north of Galesburg.
The wind will not be a factor with this storm, as speeds of 5 to 10 mph are expected through the day.
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