BLOOMINGTON — The weather system bringing blizzard conditions to the northeast was fairly weak when it came through Central Illinois, but Monday's snow that gave way to freezing drizzle at night left the area with dangerously slick pavement.
"When it came through, the air was not quite cold enough for (much) snow," said Chuck Shaffer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln.
A north Normal weather station recorded 0.04 of an inch of rain and 0.3 inches of snow from the system that came through the area Sunday and stuck around until around 1 p.m. Monday.
By Monday evening, patches of freezing drizzle and temperatures hovering around the freezing mark were reported across central and eastern Illinois, leaving everything coated in a thin glaze of ice, according to the National Weather Service. While warmer air moving in overnight was expected to end that by Tuesday morning, driving conditions Monday night were bad, police said.
Several accidents and cars in ditches were reported on interstates and rural roads, and city streets had slick spots. State, county and city salt trucks were out in force.
Preliminary reports indicated no serious injuries in the accidents, police said.
Central Illinois has dodged heavy periods of snow so far this year. The most recorded at the north Normal weather site is 5.5 inches on Jan. 6.
While Shaffer said there is a possibility of a couple of systems this week, neither is expected to bring much snow — at this point.
A minor system is expected to come through late Wednesday into Thursday, he said, but Wednesday's low is expected to be about 35 degrees and Thursday's high 39 degrees so it could be all rain.
Meteorologists also are watching another system that is expected to come into the area Saturday.
"Then, we might see colder air; it will push temperatures well below normal," he said. Temperatures could dip to 17 degrees Saturday night. Sunday's high may only reach 28 degrees.
Otherwise, Shaffer said, this week's temperatures will be "pretty seasonable."
By this time last year, Bloomington-Normal had been through about nine below-zero days and about 28 inches of snow.