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|Snow Arrives, Gusting Wind is Next
|CHICAGO (AP) -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for essentially the entire top third of the state and is forecasting accumulations of 12 to 14 inches of snow in northern Illinois by Wednesday morning.
The warning in northern Illinois took effect at 9:00 Monday night and continues until 4 a.m. Wednesday. A winter storm warning is also in effect until Noon Wednesday in Knox, Fulton, Stark and Peoria counties while it's effective through 6 a-m Wednesday in Warren, Henderson, Mercer and McDonough counties. Meteorologists say the heaviest snowfall was Monday afternoon and evening.
The weather service says snow will continue much of Tuesday across the area and diminish this evening. Wind speeds will increase Tuesday afternoon, gusting up to 35 miles per hour, creating blowing and drifting snow through the evening hours before slowing down Wednesday morning. Additional snowfall totals between two and four inches are likely through sunset, according to forecasters, with less than one inch Tuesday night.
Weather observers reported varying snow totals Monday night. Most were in the three to four-inch range. One of the reports was 3.5 inches of snow in Altona as of 9:35 p-m.
Roads in the area are snow packed and slick Tuesday morning, making travel hazardous in some areas. Visibility in open areas will become reduced at times, especially tonight due to blowing snow. Law enforcement officials urge motorists to be very careful when they are out on the roads.
In addition to the snow and wind will be sub-zero wind chill readings Wednesday night and into Thursday.
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(Downtown Galesburg near Prairie and Simmons Streets had plenty of snow late Tuesday morning. WGIL News Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|02 09 10 by Newsroom
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