A mixed bag of active weather is coming our way and it will have a significant impact on any weekend plans.
Wind Advisory: It is in effect until 6 PM Thursday for all of the viewing area for strong winds ahead of our first weather-maker - a very strong system.
Windy Thursday: Highs will reach near 50 thanks to the southerly winds. We'll be cloudy and mainly dry for the first half of the day, then rain starts our precipitation.
1st Precipitation - Rain: Late Thursday through Friday; some of us will see near or slightly above 2 inches, an Areal Flood Watch is in effect. then our next piece of energy moves through bringing ice, and snow for Saturday. We'll also see strong winds. Stay tuned.
2nd Precipitation - Wintry Mix: Some freezing rain (and possibly some sleet), will fall on parts of central Illinois. Timing will be early Saturday, mainly during the morning hours. It won't take much freezing rain to cause significant ice accumulation. This would lead to extremely hazardous travel, and power outages.
3rd Precipitation - Snow: 2 to 4 inches of accumulating snow also looks likely as temperatures drop Saturday. This would occur Saturday afternoon through overnight / early Sunday. This will be on top of any ice already fallen. Snow will also be accompanied by wind.
The extended forecast shows colder air moving in behind the weekend weather-maker.
The ice/snow activity is a couple of days away, things can and WILL change. Stay tuned for the latest information from the Weather Tracker team on-air and online.