BLOOMINGTON - More snow is expected today after a freak band of widespread but heavy snow showers dumped as much as 7 inches in some areas of Central Illinois Saturday morning.
"It's a very odd storm," National Weather Service meteorologist Heather Stanley said. "Some areas of Springfield got 6 inches while neighborhoods nearby got almost nothing."
She said the system developed more strongly than models had predicted, and showers formed and repeatedly traveled over the same areas. The showers started around 4 a.m. and moved southeast.
"It was very strange for this time of year, but interesting to watch," Stanley said. "And it was a very effective snowmaker."
She said the heaviest snow fell in the Springfield area, but parts of Peoria had 5½ inches and Pleasant Plains reported seven inches.
"Bloomington seems to have gotten away with almost nothing," Stanley said. "But there was some decent accumulation in the eastern part of McLean County."
Bloomington Police Department reported a few accidents Saturday morning because of icy roads.
Around 6:30 a.m., a truck slid on some ice while pulling into the Clark gas station on South Morris Avenue, hitting a storage bin and the building. Around 8:30 a.m., a car lost control on Wylie Drive and hit a minivan and another car.
McLean County Sheriff's Department reported a few cars in ditches, but no serious accidents. Illinois State Police in Springfield said there were 53 car accidents since midnight Friday night, with only minor injuries.
There were also 39 motorist assists, which mostly involved cars stuck in ditches.
â"Since 3 p.m., things have gotten better," Master Sgt. Louis Kink said. "Traffic is moving fine on the interstate (55) and now the roads are just wet."
Stanley said a similar but weaker system may move through today. Highs should be close to 30. Tonight will be cloudy with a low of 16. Monday will be partly sunny, in the mid 30s.
"The people out there with 6 inches of snow in their yards would definitely tell you winter is back," Stanley said.