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LINCOLN — As snow fell steadily across the Decatur area on Thursday morning, the National Weather Service in Lincoln was predicting up to 2 inches of accumulation in Central Illinois.

A hazardous weather outlook issued by the weather service includes the counties of Champaign, Christian, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Logan, Macon, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby and Vermilion.

The weather service said light snow would spread over the area this morning, before diminishing during the first half of the afternoon. Accumulations of 1 to 1.5 inches are expected from Jacksonville to Danville, south to Taylorville and Mattoon. Decatur's forecast called for up to 2 inches.

With a gentle northwest wind of 6 to 9 mph, the daytime high was expected to reach 34 degrees. Clear skies and a low of 17 degrees was predicted this evening.

Sunny skies will prevail Friday and Saturday, the weather service said, but temperatures will remain below freezing until Sunday, when the high will creep up to 35 degrees.

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