DECATUR — The National Weather Service is warning that drivers could be facing a slick commute on Monday morning, with a weather front sweeping through Central Illinois expected to bring one to two inches of snow overnight.
The weather service office in Lincoln issued a “Special Weather Statement” Sunday afternoon that said the snowfall could cover a vast area. The statement included counties ranging from Macon to Effingham, DeWitt, Piatt, Christian, Moultrie, Coles, Douglas, Shelby and McLean, among many others.
“Untreated roadways will become snow-covered and slippery tonight into Monday morning, especially as air temperatures dip below freezing late tonight,” the weather service said.
NWS meteorologist Daryl Onton said drivers on tomorrows morning commute will need to exercise caution, with chances of snow lingering in the morning before 10 a.m. But he said a rising temperature trend will make this late season snow event short-lived after that.
“Probably anything that accumulates will be gone by Monday afternoon,” he added.
By Wednesday he said the high will be around 64 degrees and that is predicted to jump to 72 degrees by Thursday and 74 on Friday. The rising mercury brings its own problems, however, with chances for thunderstorms in the forecast for Friday afternoon/evening, Friday night and during the day Saturday.
“I think at this point there is some severe weather potential Friday,” added Onton. “But whether it develops in Central Illinois is really too early to tell right now.”