BLOOMINGTON — The National Weather Service expects Old Man Winter to make an overnight stop in Central Illinois.
Most of the area is under a hazardous weather outlook with the first measurable snowfall of the season expected late Thursday night.
Counties affected include McLean, Champaign, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford.
The system is along a line north of Jacksonville to Danville. The weather service said rain "will quickly change to snow" Thursday evening, continuing overnight and ending around sunrise on Friday.
Around an inch of accumulation is possible.
Police and other first-responders urge motorists to use caution when driving Thursday night and during their early commute on Friday.
Temperatures are going to be around freezing and if the roads haven’t been treated yet, they may have slippery spots, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Geelhart.
“We tend to get worried this time of year because people haven’t been driving on the snow for months and are out of practice,” he said. “We give a heads up for people to have a little extra caution.”
Colder air will move into the region this weekend with early Saturday morning wind chills in the single digits, said NWS, adding periodic chances of light snow are possible fall Sunday night through Tuesday.
The temperature in downtown Bloomingotn at noon Thursday was 34 degrees.