A WINTER STORM WATCH will be in effect from late Saturday through late Sunday for virtually the entire WCCU/Fox 27 viewing area.
SATURDAY: Increasing Clouds
Afternoon Rain turning to Snow
Heavy Snow potential
Low 30/High 31
MONDAY: Partly Sunny
Low 12/High 13
TUESDAY: Partly Cloudy
Low 8/High 35
WEDNESDAY: Mostly Cloudy
Low 29/High 29
--STORM TEAM FORECAST--
On Saturday as the weekend Winter storm begins to approach our area from the southwest we'll see more clouds. Highs will top out in the low 40s on Saturday. As the precipitation moves in, with temperatures above freezing most of our southern counties will probably see rain showers during the late afternoon, then a change over to snow over the entire area by late Saturday evening.
Snow will begin to accumulate over the viewing area overnight, perhaps amounting to several inches by early Sunday morning. Snow will continue to accumulate during the day on Sunday, adding more snow to the area. Lingering snow showers will continue even after the main storm system exits east central Illinois to bring perhaps another 1/2 to 1 inch of additional snow.
It appears the heaviest snow band will be across the northern half of the viewing area. Snowfall of 6 to 8 inches will be possible along and north of Illinois Route 9. Lesser amounts of 5 to 8-inches will be possible across the mid section of the area, with amounts of 2 to 4-inches will be possible at our far south areas.
The snowfall potential will depend on the timing of the arrival of the moisture and the incoming cold front from the northwest. If warmer air lingers longer, that could decrease the amount of snow over much of the area as most of the snow will fall in form of rain. If the colder air arrives earlier...we'll see more snow.
Travel, obviously will be difficult and hazardous across mid Illinois for the second half of the weekend. Check on road conditions before venturing out.
On Monday, much colder air will re-enter the region taking our daytime highs down to the upper teens on Groundhog Day, Monday. Temperatures will rebound on Tuesday with clouds returning with the arrival of the next Winter weather system which could bring additional snow on Wednesday. That will be followed by more Arctic air which will take daytime highs down to the upper single digits by next Thursday.
--6-10 DAY OUTLOOK--
February 5-9: Both temperature readings and precipitation totals will be below average during this time frame.
Chief Weather Anchor