First Alert: Accumulating snow for the middle of the week

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 4:53 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 6:26 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - A few flurries are possible out the door Tuesday morning, however most of the day will be mostly cloudy and quiet weather wise. Winds will be calmer today and temperatures will climb above average into the upper 30s. Active weather is set to return tonight and tomorrow.

Hour-by-Hour Tuesday Forecast.
Hour-by-Hour Tuesday Forecast.(WEEK)

We’ve issued a First Alert Weather Day for Wednesday, as accumulating snow will bring travel impacts across central Illinois. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 9 PM tonight and will continue through 6 PM Wednesday evening. The first snowflakes will begin to fall after 9 PM and the majority of the area should see snow falling by midnight. The most intense period of snowfall will be during the Wednesday morning commute, which will likely bring travel impacts across the viewing area.

Summary of expected travel impacts from the incoming round of wintry weather.
Summary of expected travel impacts from the incoming round of wintry weather.(WEEK)

The main period of accumulating snow will come to an end Wednesday afternoon and road conditions should steadily improve through the second half of the day. In total, a fresh 2-4″ of snow is expected across much of the viewing area, including the Peoria Metro. 3-5″ of snow will be possible for those living east of the Illinois River, closer to I-55. Higher amounts are possible south and east of the interstate, where a Winter Storm Warning is in effect.

Snowfall Forecast Updated at 4 AM Tuesday morning.
Snowfall Forecast Updated at 4 AM Tuesday morning.(WEEK)

Scattered snow showers are possible as the weather system departs the region on Thursday. Unsettled wintry weather will continue through the weekend, with additional chances for snow showers Friday evening, and then again late Saturday and into Sunday. The extended forecast features much colder air, with highs in the 20s and lows in the single digits next week. I think we’ve found winter!