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Snow in the forecast for Central Illinois

(MCT) — BLOOMINGTON — A storm system that could bring an inch of snow to the area late this afternoon could have an effect on New Year’s Eve travel.

Ed Shimon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Lincoln, said a small band of snow will pass through the Central Illinois area late Monday afternoon, but it is not likely to create too many problems for travelers.

“The Bloomington-Normal area is going to be right on a dividing line and it may be a situation where there is only a trace on the south side and maybe an inch on the north side,” he said. “It just appears to be a very narrow band.”

For those traveling, Shimon said those going north, should expect some travel problems. The heaviest band of snow is likely to be in the Peoria area, which could see a couple of inches.

Today’s high is expected to be around 34 degrees, which is one degree higher than the average, but then the temperatures are expected to drop.

“It’s going to stay cold for about a week or so,” he said. “People aren’t going to like it.”

The high on New Year’s Day will be around 17 degrees with an overnight low of around 5 degrees. The highs for the remainder of the week will be in the low- to mid-20s. The overnight lows will range from 12 to 14 degrees, he said.

The record low temperature for New Year’s Eve morning was minus-14 degrees, set in 1968. The warmest was 63 degrees set in 1897.

The next chance of snow is at least a week away.

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