New Year's Eve snow whitens areas south and east of Chicago

UPDATE: 2:50 pm

Some late snowfall totals from Downstate..

Astoria 2.0″

Lincoln 1.3″

Chatham 2.0″

Havana 1.5″

 

 

 

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UPDATE 2:00 pm

At 2pm snow was falling south of Chicago  in central Illinois

Peoria visibility 3/4 mile

Bloomington visibility 1/2 mile

Decatur visibility 1/2 mile

Kankakee visibility 1.5 mile

Springfield visibility 3/4 mile

Champaign 1/2 mile

Rantoul 1 mile

 

Some Downstate snowfall totals

Petersburg 1.7″

Minito 1.0″

Morton 1.1″

Pana 1.0″

Ogden 1.0″

 

 

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A weather disturbance moving through the southern Midwest will spread a band on snow across portions of central Illinois into northern Indiana. Up to  2 to locally 3 inches of snow could accumulate in  areas from Joliet and Kankakee south northeast into portion of Lake and Porter counties in northwest Indiana.


Visibilities could drop below one half mile in the snow that will create hazardous driving conditions.

 

alert map

 

KANKAKEE-LIVINGSTON-IROQUOIS-FORD-LAKE IN-PORTER-NEWTON-JASPER-
BENTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...KANKAKEE...PONTIAC...WATSEKA...PAXTON...
GARY...VALPARAISO...MOROCCO...RENSSELAER...FOWLER
1105 AM CST MON DEC 31 2012 /1205 PM EST MON DEC 31 2012/

...PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON...

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AROUND OR SHORTLY AFTER MIDDAY AS AN
UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE INTERACTS WITH A SURFACE COLD FRONT MOVING
ACROSS THE AREA TODAY. THE SNOW COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES BETWEEN
NOON AND 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON...WHICH MAY RESULT IN VISIBILITIES
FALLING UNDER A HALF MILE IN SOME OF THE HEAVER SNOW. THE SNOW IS
EXPECTED TO QUICKLY ABATE LATE THIS AFTERNOON...WITH ONLY SOME
LIGHT SNOW AND FLURRIES LINGERING INTO THE EVENING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL VARY WIDELY ACROSS THE REGION...WITH A
VERY SHARP NORTHERN GRADIENT BETWEEN NO SNOW AND AN INCH OR TWO.
IT APPEARS THE HEAVIEST SNOW...OF 1 TO 2 INCHES...WILL FALL ALONG
AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM NEAR PONTIAC TO KANKAKEE...TO VALPARAISO
INDIANA. DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW...THE
SNOW MAY QUICKLY ACCUMULATE ON UNTREATED AREA ROADS...LEADING TO
SOME POSSIBLE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL THIS AFTERNOON.

 

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