Winter Storm Watch issued

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
The National Weather service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Greater Peoria Area. The area could receive up to six inches of snow by Thursday night. The snow is expected to be accompanied by strong winds causing blowing and drifting.

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING — SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN MOVING INTO WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS AROUND SUNSET TODAY SPREADING EAST ACROSS THE AREA THIS EVENING. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS LIKELY OVERNIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL DECREASE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AS WINDS INCREASE AND CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS — SNOWFALL OF 4 TO 6 INCHES WILL BE COMMON ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA.

* WIND — NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON WITH GUSTS ABOVE 35 MPH.

* IMPACTS — SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL HAZARDS MAY BEGIN THIS EVENING. THOUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT TRAVEL IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR OVERNIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL. THE DRY AND FLUFFY NATURE OF THE SNOW WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING BY MIDDAY THURSDAY AS WINDS INCREASE. BLOWING SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO BE A HAZARD THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT EVEN AFTER THE FALLING SNOW HAS ENDED. ANOTHER POLAR AIR MASS WILL THEN POUR INTO THE REGION BRINGING DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL READINGS.