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Another round of snow is moving in, and bitterly cold temps are right behind it

National Weather Service

This week's blast of winter weather isn't over yet.

The National Weather Service predicts the Peoria area will get another 4 to 6 inches of snowfall Thursday night through early Saturday morning. Strong winds are also anticipated.

Snowfall overnight is expected to turn into rain or a rain/snow mix early Friday, before shifting back into snowfall in the afternoon as colder air and strong winds move in.

The winter storm is expected to bring "near-blizzard like conditions" to areas north of Peoria. The National Weather Service has placed Stark, Marshall, and Knox counties under a winter storm warning from midnight Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday. Five to 7 inches of snow are expected, with winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour.

Arctic temperatures will move in Saturday, with bitter cold wind chills expected through Tuesday. Wind chills are expected to remain at -10 or below, and Peoria could see wind chills dip below -20 on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 5 office in Chicago recommends making sure you have food, water, medications and other supplies for several days on hand, especially if heavy snow or high winds cause power outages.

It's recommended to stay inside when temperatures are bitterly cold to avoid risk of hypothermia and frostbite. If you do need to go out, wear layers.

Heating sources should be at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Space heaters and other appliances should be plugged directly into the outlet.

The city of Peoria is reminding residents that the police station and all fire stations are serving as warming stations. The state of Illinois also has a list of warming stations.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.