According to the National Weather Service Office in Lincoln, they have issued more information regarding the winter storm that is impacting the area. The storm system is bringing winds that could gust as high as 45-50 m.p.h. along with snow. The high winds and snow will produce blizzard-like conditions in some areas.
Predictions indicate the heaviest snow accumulation and the best chance for blizzard conditions will occur into the Interstate 57 corridor from around Shelbyville and Effingham through Champaign/Urbana toward Rantoul. The heaviest snows will occur this morning, with a diminishing trend later on this afternoon into the evening. The high winds are also expected to shift eastward in the afternoon with a gradual diminishing trend expected.
The National Weather Service further states that snowfall totals could vary and higher amounts are possible. In Taylorville, it is expected that 3-7 inches of snow could fall, while east central Illinois could receive 8-12 inches, and that includes Coles County.
A Blizzard Warning is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight for Shelby, Moultrie, Effingham and Coles counties. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 9 p.m. for Christian, Sangamon and Macon counties, while the warning lasts until 6 p.m. for Montgomery and Fayette counties.
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