A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from 6 PM CST/7PM EST this evening to 6PM CST/11PM EST Friday for the following counties in the ABC/NewsChannel 15 viewing area: Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Warren(IN), Fountain(IN), Montgomery(IN),Vermillion(IN), Parke(IN) and Vigo(IN). Click on Watches & Warnings to see what other counties in the region are included in the Watch area.
THURSDAY: Cloudy, Colder
Slight Chance of Snow
higher chances south
High 33(falling temps through the afternoon/evening)
THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, Cold
Chance of Snow
Chance of Snow, best chances south
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny
Low 10/High 25
Low 14/High 28
MONDAY: Mostly Cloudy
AM Light Snow/Flurries
Low 19/High 27
A strong cold front which pushed through Illinois and into Indiana overnight has allowed for a rapid drop in temperatures across the area. Temperatures will continue to drop over the next couple of hours, before remaining nearly steady for the rest of the day.
A winter storm system tracking into the Ohio Valley today brings the chance of snow to the area, especially south. Snow will begin to fall late this afternoon and continue into the overnight. Highest totals will be focused along and south of I-70, quickly tapering off as you head north.
--STORM TEAM 15 FORECAST--
As stated in the forecast, our far southern counties are included in a Winter Weather Advisory which will be in effect from late Thursday through Friday evening. Snow will begin in southeast Illinois later on Thursday afternoon. A lull will occur early Friday before additional snowfall begins later in the day. Accumulations of 5-8 inches of snow are possible in areas south of I-70.
For those of us north of the Watch area, we still anticipate at least a dusting of snow in our northern most counties, with a swath of snow accumulating 1-3" from Taylorville to Tuscola to Georgetown and Crawfordsville. Accumulations of 3-5" are expected along and south of the Illinois Route 16 corridor from Shelbyville to Mattoon, Charleston, Paris and Rockville. The heaviest snow will occur just outside of the ABC/NewsChannel 15 viewing area. Now, keep in mind, this is an estimate based on the path of the disturbances moving to the northeast along two incoming frontal boundaries. Any variation could change the snowfall totals in any one particular area.
With the incoming Winter storm, slippery conditions will develop quickly later Thursday as temperatures fall to below freezing. A period of sleet or freezing rain could also develop ahead of the snowfall. Moderate snow could occur during the overnight Thursday into Friday morning. Visibilities could also play a part in any travel taking place during the period of the snowfall.
For those with travel plans late Thursday into Friday please stay tuned to ABC/NewsChannel 15 for the latest forecasts.
Be sure and click on Interactive Radar to follow rain/snow in our area!
For the weekend the effects of the incoming Arctic air mass will be felt in a big way as temperature readings fall to near 10-degrees early Saturday. High pressure will build back into the area to bring us sunshine, but very cold conditions. The second day of the weekend will see cloudy skies and an additional chance of snow. This could bring an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow over the entire ABC/NewsChannel 15 viewing area.
--6-10 DAY OUTLOOK--
December 10-14: Temperature readings are expected to be below average during the six to ten day period, while precipitation is also expected to be well below average.
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