Ice storm arrives in the Bi

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Rain will be the most likely form of precipitation for most of the area as temperatures rise above freezing Saturday afternoon.

Another round of freezing rain is expected Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Sunday afternoon into Monday, a longer duration of wintry precipitation is expected, with greater chance of freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Freezing rain looks like it will push into southern Wisconsin sometime Monday morning.

"We meet daily in operations to talk about what's the next 12, 14 hours in weather, simply because we know that forecasts can change", she said.

Temperatures are expected to rise next week, with highs in the 40s and 50s.

We will continue to follow the potential for icing for Sunday. The reason is not because there will just be freezing rain, but because potential freezing rain won't have anywhere to go; which ultimately may lead to high accumulation amounts and sheets of ice.

"We're going to be prepared for whatever the storm brings", Greitens said.

"We're still going to have plenty of moisture to deal with". A large area of freezing rain and sleet will stretch from Texas to Ohio.

"Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel unsafe or impossible", the weather service said.

"If we do get up to a quarter inch of ice accumulation that's going to be really risky, because that's when you start to get the tree limbs and power lines snapping", Rainson said. Warmer temperatures await next week.

"The ice won't stick around", Huttel said. Winter weather is tricky to forecast because one small element missing can mean the difference of accumulating freezing rain and a trace. Hundreds of highway work crews and the National Guard have made ready for a storm that could make for hazardous road conditions and power outages. Subscribers may log into for the latest news and information, and to access our e-edition, which is a page-by-page replica of the our printed product. The village said no parking on the streets will allow snow plow drivers to spread salt and sand throughout the weekend and ensure the safety of all drivers. Day, area schools are closed Monday.

"Treating roads is more costly than plowing snow", Garcia added.

Sunday, the freezing line will start to move to the northwest throughout the day.

The advisory area encompasses much of Central Illinois, including Christian, Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby counties. Remain alert to the possibility of ice. Up to a half-inch of rain is possible.

On Friday morning, forecasters began to back off on estimates of total ice accumulation.

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