BLOOMINGTON — The National Weather Service's latest forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches of new snow Tuesday night, prompting the agency to issue a winter weather advisory that will take effect at 6 p.m.
The advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for much of Central Illinois, including McLean, Tazewell, Woodford and Peoria counties.
The city of Bloomington has issued a snow route parking ban, effective immediately. Residents can obtain updated information on snow operations progress, a listing and map of all designated snow routes, and the complete snow removal program at: www.cityblm.org/snow
The latest winter storm, expected to last until after midnight, will add to the 5 to 6 inches of snow that fell in the Twin City area Monday night.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause travel difficulties for motorists, who can expect snow-covered roads and limited visibility.
The latest road conditions for Illinois can be obtained by calling 1-800-452-4368.
A weather system moving through Illinois dropped about 5 inches of snow by late Monday night at a National Weather Service measuring station near Normal, and some areas in western and northern Illinois received up to 9 inches. Areas south of the Twin Cities received less.
While the snow had stopped well before daybreak Tuesday, and snow plows continued to clear streets. But the cold overnight temperatures associated with the storm system limit the effectiveness of salt spread on roads, said Lincoln-based NWS meteorologist Kirk Huettl.
No area schools cancelled classes.
After Tuesday night, the forecast remains dry until a chance of snow returns on Saturday.
Police in Bloomington and Normal reported few accidents Monday night. Normal's ban on parking on all streets is set to expire at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
When a parking ban is activated in the town, no parked cars are permitted on any streets. Cars must be moved to a driveway, garage or parking lot. Residents who do not have a driveway or garage can park their cars for free in the parking lots of the town's parks, including but not limited to: Anderson, Fairview, and Underwood.
Bloomington's ban on parking on snow routes ended at noon.
McLean County sheriff's police reported only one car in a ditch near LeRoy by late Monday night, but the county's collision alert remains in effect until further notice. If an accident involves no injuries or significant property damage, drivers have 48 hours to report a crash to the sheriff's office.
State police at Pontiac reported several spin-outs and cars in ditches, but no serious injuries.