NORMAL — Expect a snowy weekend and start to the workweek in Bloomington-Normal.
The National Weather Service is projecting flurries Saturday night, with a freezing rain mixture forecast for Sunday night. More flurries are expected on Monday.
"We know that we're going to be coming out of some very cold temperatures Saturday, but we will warm up to 40 or 45 degrees on Sunday," said Michael Albano, meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Lincoln. "Everything that we've seen so far, there's increasing confidence that there will be a band of heavy snow near Central Illinois."
Starting Sunday at 7 p.m., all on-street parking in Normal will be banned until further notice in anticipation of snow.
Normal town officials announced Friday that all cars in Normal must be parked in a garage or in a driveway starting Sunday night. Normal police may issue tickets to those still parked on the street.
People who do not have access to a garage or driveway can park for free in the parking lots of any Normal parks, such as Anderson, Fairview and Underwood.
The town is issuing the snow parking ban in an effort to allow snowplow crews to easily clear the entire street and parking areas. People are advised to stay at least 100 feet behind operating salt vehicles, and to avoid passing salt or plow trucks.
Bloomington also has issued a snow route parking ban starting at 7 p.m. Sunday. "Even if your street is not designated as a snow route, all residents are encouraged to park off the street. Keeping the streets free from parked cars will allow our plow drivers to perform a more efficient and safer snow removal operation," the city stated on its website.
A mixture of flurries, sleet and snow is expected as two weather systems make their way through Central Illinois this weekend, said Albano.
People can expect some freezing rain Sunday morning, which could form a thin glaze of ice on elevated surfaces and bridges, Albano said. Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-40s Sunday afternoon, but early forecasts are calling for 3 to 6 inches of snow Monday.
"As that first system lifts out of the state and we start to get in on that second system, it's much stronger, much more dynamic, and has the potential to cause us a little more of a headache," Albano said.
Meteorologists are calling for people to begin preparations for their commute Tuesday morning, which could face delays due to the snow.
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