MCLEAN COUNTY — The morning commute will take a few extra minutes Tuesday morning, but there are no school cancellations to report following the first snow storm of the year.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln is reporting that between four and five inches of snow were dumped on McLean County Monday due to a storm that started late afternoon and tapered off late Monday night.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is reporting that all roads are snow- and ice-covered and are urging caution while traveling. Snow plows remain working throughout Central Illinois. Several area agencies reported several accidents since the storm started, but there are no reports of major injuries.
The Tuesday forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 14 degrees, however, the winds are expected to pick up during the afternoon, potentially causing problems with blowing and snow.
But that's not the worst part.
The overnight low Tuesday is expected to drop to -5 degrees with wind chill values between -11 and -21 degrees. A wind chill warning has been issued to begin at midnight Tuesday through Thursday at noon.
Blowing and drifting snow could continue to cause problems Wednesday but the high is only expected to be -3 degrees with wind chill values between -22 and -30 degrees.
It will warm up on Thursday - all the way to a possible 16 degrees, but it will remain cold the rest of the week. Friday's high will be about 7 degrees, and it could climb back to about 17 degrees by Saturday.