Snow, strong winds expected

Snow, strong winds expected

The National Weather Service reports that East Central Illinois can expect a brief period of snow and strong winds Thursday night.

Snowfall of about 1 inch, with isolated higher amounts approaching 2 inches, will be common south of Interstate 74, with little or no snow taking place north of I-74.

The snow is expected to last for two to three hours before tapering off to flurries and ending.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution as slick spots will develop on area roads. Falling and blowing snow will likely reduce visibility to less than a mile at times.

Once the snow ends, strong northwesterly winds gusting to between 35 and 40 mph will bring sharply colder conditions into the area overnight.

Wind-chill values are expected to drop to as low as 10 degrees below zero toward dawn.

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