The National Weather Service says a strong cold front is expected to sweep through Central Illinois on Wednesday night, bringing windy and sharply colder conditions by the end of the week.
High temperatures will fall into the upper 20s and lower 30s on Thursday, then temperatures will struggle to reach the lower to mid-20s by Friday. Overnight lows will fall into the teens both Thursday and Friday night, with a few locations possibly dipping into the single digits. Brisk winds of 10 to 20 MPH will make It feel even colder, with wind chill values plunging to around zero on Thursday night into Friday morning.
In addition to the colder weather, an upper level disturbance will bring periodic snow showers to the area from Wednesday night through Thursday night. Accumulations of around one inch will be likely, with amounts of one to two inches possible along and north of the I-74 corridor.
Motorists are advised to make preparations for slick roads from Wednesday through Friday.