Blizzard Warning issued December 20 at 3:51PM CST until December 21 at 12:00AM CST by NWS Central Illinois - updated 12/20/2012 03:12 p.m. ...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE MIDWEST....STRENGTHENING LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK THROUGH SOUTHERN ILLINOISTO THE SOUTHERN TIP OF LAKE MICHIGAN TODAY. TOTALS OF 3 TO5 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE WEST OF THE ILLINOIS RIVER...WITH AROUND2 INCHES AS FAR EAST AS THE I- 55 CORRIDOR. HOWEVER...EXTREMEWINDS EXPECTED TO GUST IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH THIS AFTERNOON ANDEVENING...WILL DROP VISIBILITIES TO BELOW ONE QUARTER OF A MILEIN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...RESULTING IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CSTTONIGHT...A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT.* TIMING...SNOW BEGINNING TO SPREAD INTO CENTRAL ILLINOIS. SNOW ISTHEN EXPECTED THROUGH MID EVENING.* ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARELIKELY BY LATE EVENING NORTHWEST OF THE ILLINOIS RIVERVALLEY...AND 2 TO 3 INCHES FROM THE INTERSTATE 55 CORRIDOR TOTHE ILLINOIS RIVER...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IN AREASAROUND GALESBURG AND NORTHWESTERN KNOX COUNTY.* WIND...SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST AROUND ANDRAPIDLY INCREASE. WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 55 MPH OR HIGHER WILL BEWIDESPREAD THIS EVENING...AND REMAIN THAT HIGH UNTIL AROUND 9 PM.* IMPACTS...EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TRAVEL IS EXPECTED...AS THEFALLING SNOW IS WHIPPED AROUND BY THE STRONG WINDS.VISIBILITIES WILL DROP BELOW A QUARTER MILE DUE TO BLOWINGSNOW...ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS. IN ADDITION...THECOMBINATION OF RAPIDLY FALLING TEMPERATURES AND HIGH WINDSWILL PRODUCE FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF BLACKICE ON AREA HIGHWAYS. DRIFTING WILL ALSO BE AN ISSUE...PARTICULARLY ON NORTH SOUTH ORIENTED ROADS AND ALONG THEINTERSTATE 155 AND 55 CORRIDORS. THE WINDS MAY ALSO CAUSE SOMETREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES.Effective: 12/20/2012 03:12 p.m.Expires: 12/20/2012 09:12 p.m.
Peoria County Sheriff's Department The PCSO has issued a traffic collision alert for Peoria County. Citizens involved in vehicle crashes, where no one is injured, should exchange information and report the accident in person to the records bureau at the Peoria County Sheriff's Office at 301 N Maxwell Road, as soon as reasonably possible, but within 48 hours of the conclusion of the alert.
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