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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

Winter Storm Warning For Central Illinois Sunday Night-Tuesday AM

Snow covered field in Urbana on February 14, 2021.

CHAMPAIGN – The National Weather Service says Central Illinois could receive nearly a foot of snow and continue with subzero temperatures over the next 48 hours.

The agency declared a Winter Storm Warning for Champaign, Christian, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon and Shelby Counties from Sunday at 6:00 p.m. until Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.

Meterologists are forecasting accumulations of snow up to 10″ and wind chills as low as 20 below zero. Hazardous driving conditions are also predicted. The Champaign-Urbana has not been above freezing since February 5.

Wintry weather is forecast for much of the U.S., with freezing temperatures expected to dip as snow falls as far south as Texas’ Gulf Coast. Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center, says cold air that far south is unusual. He says significant ice and up to 12 inches of snow are expected across parts of the southern Plains on Sunday and into Monday, with the most expected near the Oklahoma-Texas border. Chenard says sleet and freezing rain are forecast further south. – Associated Press

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.