BLOOMINGTON — For those anxious for spring to arrive, you are going to have to wait at least another week to see any real signs of change.
Another winter storm system is heading to Central Illinois and forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Lincoln say it will cause some travel problems early in the week, particularly on Tuesday.
“This storm will really have two waves,” said Ed Shimon, a meteorologist with the NWS. “We will have some light snow and possibly light rain for (today). We could get a half-inch or an inch of snow. Tuesday during the day is when we are going to get the brunt of this storm. We could get four more inches of snow that day.”
Today’s high should be around 36 degrees, but Shimon said motorists should be careful for changing weather conditions throughout the day.
Shimon said it is still too early to predict what exact course the storm will take, but he estimates on Tuesday the snow should start falling around sunrise and end around sunset.
Areas to the north could receive heavier amounts of snow. Northern Illinois and Wisconsin could even see 9 to 15 inches, he said.
But, then, a warming trend for Central Illinois is in the forecast. After a high of 32 degrees Tuesday, Wednesday’s high will be 34 degrees, and temperatures could reach 40 by Thursday.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday could see temperatures hit the 50-degree mark.
“The snow is probably going to melt fairly quickly and if it does, those temperatures could be even slightly warmer,” he said.
While it may seem the area has been beset by winter storms the past few weeks, it is still nothing like the winter of 1977-78.
On this date in 1978, winter storm No. 16 produced heavy snow across the central third of Illinois, dropping 7 to 8 inches in much of the area.