(MCT) — BLOOMINGTON — Another winter storm is headed toward Central Illinois, but like last week, the worst of it will track to the north and west of the region.
A winter storm watch will go into effect late tonight through Tuesday afternoon, said Kirk Huettl, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in Lincoln.
“It appears the Bloomington-Normal area will get between 2 and 4 inches of snow and maybe about one-tenth of an inch of ice,” he said. “The area northwest of the Illinois River may see about six inches of snow.”
Huettl said temperatures today will hover near or slightly below freezing and a period of freezing rain is expected overnight. Light ice accumulations are anticipated along a line north of Rushville to Lincoln to Bloomington-Normal.
“It’s going to be a little different from the storm we had last week, because the temperatures were much colder prior to that storm,” he said. “That means the ground won’t be so cold and we shouldn’t have as big of a problem with ice on the roads as we did. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be slick, because that is still likely.”
The freezing rain will transition to a rain and snow mix Tuesday morning. Winds may also play a factor, gusting to 30 miles per hour out of the northeast. That may lead to blowing and drifting snow Tuesday morning.
Still, it could be worse, Huettl said.
“We’ve been really lucky so far because we have had only a few systems pass through the area this winter and every time, we have escaped the worst part of it,” he said. “Once again, this system will cause some major headaches, but it appears that Knox and Stark counties will have bigger problems.”
Also, blizzard conditions are likely from Oklahoma through Missouri, just one week after the area was hit by a blizzard.
After the storm ends Tuesday afternoon, Huettl said the weather should be calm for several days. “We don’t see any new systems developing, but we will have some scattered snow flurries through most of this week,” he said. “There won’t be any significant accumulation and temperatures should range between 30 and 35 degrees for most of the week.”