CHICAGO (AP) — If you plan on traveling north from Central Illinois, you might want to hit the road now.
A winter storm moving across the Midwest is forecast to bring between 8 and 14 inches of snow to northern Illinois, with higher amounts possible in some areas.
The storm system will miss Central Illinois, though the National Weather Service is still forecasting light snow Thursday night in parts of Central Illinois, including McLean, Woodford, Tazewell and Peoria counties. Accumulations should be "minimal," said the agency.
More light snow will develop late Friday night, said NWS, continuing through Saturday night. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are anticipated by Sunday morning.
It will be much worse in the northern part of the state. The NWS has winter storm warnings in effect for the northern swath of Illinois from 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday evening. The heaviest snow totals are expected north of Interstate 80 to the Wisconsin state line. Snowfall is forecast to be heavy at times with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible, said NWS.
Snow is to start during the Thursday evening commute but the most significant impacts are expected for the Friday morning commute. Snowfall should taper by Friday evening.
The weather service's warning says "travel will be difficult to impossible at times."