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Winter Storm Warning Issued Central Illinois

Illinois Department of Transportation

SPRINGFIELD - Greater Peoria is now under a winter storm warning beginning tonight, as much of the state prepares for a major winter storm.

The National Weather Service had previously issued a winter weather advisory for the area. The storm warning goes into effect tonight at 9:00 p.m.

Snow will spread northeast throughout the night, reaching the Chicago area by Saturday morning. Much of central Illinois is forecast to receive 5 to 8 inches through late tomorrow. Parts of southwestern Illinois could receive up to 10 inches of snow. The Chicago area could get between 1 and 4 inches.

A winter storm warning means that travel will be extremely difficult or impossible. Motorists are urged to keep an emergency kit in their vehicles if travel is necessary during the storm.


Kristin McHugh is an experienced radio journalist and nonprofit manager. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.