CODE RED: Snowfall totals increasing for the weekend
***CODE RED ALERT FOR SATURDAY*** Heavy snow will be possible with central Illinois picking up at least 6" to 12" of heavy, wet snow by late Saturday night.
Winter lashes out at the Midwest with the biggest snowstorm of the season targeting central Illinois. A powerful low pressure system is cutting a path through the Tennessee River Valley and spreading a large swath of heavy snow northward into Illinois. As of 7am Saturday morning, Springfield had received about six inches of snow and locations west and south of Springfield through portions of Scott, Morgan, and Macoupin Counties have already received in excess of 8" to around 12" of snow and more snow is on the way.
The snow will be coming down hard at times through late Saturday morning before a brief lull in snowfall is expected early to mid-afternoon. Snow chances will pick back by mid to late afternoon and could occasionally be heavy at times. Meanwhile, our southern counties closer to I-70 could see a bit more of a rain/snow mix or briefly all-rain this afternoon. Snow chances become more scattered Saturday evening and gradually come to an end by Sunday morning. Forecast models indicate a good portion of central Illinois could receive an additional 4 to 6" of snow through Sunday morning, which would push Springfield's total snowfall closer to a foot!