PEORIA — Winter returns again this week with a double blast of ice and snow combined with frigid temperatures.
After last weekend's record-setting snowfall, the weather calmed down a bit, but beginning late Wednesday and going through the Thursday morning commute, the snow and ice return, albeit in smaller amounts.
Chris Geelhart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, said to expect less than a tenth of an inch of ice and less than a half-inch of snow by mid-morning. The storm's main track is farther south, so areas like Lincoln could get a bit more. Temperatures are to hold in the low to mid-30s.
We'll get a slight break on Friday, but beginning Friday night, a storm front that is still off the coast of California will arrive and potentially bring 3 to 5 inches of snow by Saturday night. Or less, Geelheart said.
"That's the ballpark (estimate) right now," he said Wednesday night. As of now, he said, that second batch of precipitation appears to also track farther south, meaning Decatur and other areas on the eastern side of the state could get more.
And while it's less snow than last weekend, winds are expected to be around 20 mph, and that could cause more blowing and drifting than we had before.
And that cold? Temperatures are expected to drop to lows near zero Sunday night as a blast of Arctic air comes over the area. There's a chance for a third bout of snow early next week, but Geelhart said it's too far out to make any type of a prediction.
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