Multiple weather advisories out for East Central Illinois

Three separate weather advisories are out for East Central Illinois, as we're expected to get a dose of winter weather on Thursday afternoon.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect until midnight Thursday for McLean, DeWitt and Macon Counties.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for the following counties from noon until midnight Thursday:  Champaign, Vermilion, Ford, Iroquois, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Shelby, Moultrie, Macon, Piatt, DeWitt and McLean.

You can expect steady winds of 40 miles per hour on Thursday afternoon, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.  The winds will likely result in scattered power outages and also could damage shingles, tree limbs and lightweight Christmas decorations.  So you should bring any outdoor items inside to stop them from blowing away.

Meanwhile, a Flood Advisory is out for the following areas until 3 o'clock Thursday:  Coles County, Eastern Douglas County, Southeastern Champaign County, Southeastern Shelby County, Southern Vermilion County and Western Edgar County.

Rainfall on Thursday could cause flooding of some creeks and streams.  So if you're driving in a rural area and you come across a flooded road, do not drive over it.

The rain is expected to turn into snowshowers on Thursday afternoon.  And the high winds combined with falling temperatures will cause wet pavement to freeze, causing slick roads, especially as you drive home from work on Thursday.

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