Area residents are bracing for a storm featuring a wintery mix of precipitation that is expected to roll into Central Illinois Friday afternoon.
The National Weather Service reports the precipitation will begin as light snow and later in the afternoon transition to freezing rain and sleet. The freezing rain is expected to continue into Friday evening, but then around midnight, the precipitation will likely change to rain.
Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are possible with ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. Winds will gust as high as 45 miles-per-hour.
Motorists are urged to slow down and use caution during the storm, paying particular attention during their evening commutes. You should plan on slippery road conditions and patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
For road conditions, go to www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from noon Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday.