Winter storm brings first measurable snow in over 2 weeks

ROCKFORD (WREX) – The brunt of the storm will pass to our south, but be ready for slick roads and minor snow amounts in sections of the Stateline. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for Lee, DeKalb, and Whiteside counties to highlight the higher snow totals in our area.

Snow should start up between 6 am and 10 am, moving in from the southwest. The storm will initially have to fight through some dry air to get going, but eventually, snow begins to fall. We’ll see the snow stay steady through the morning and early afternoon before tapering off and drying up in the evening.

Much of the Stateline north of Highway 20 will see 1″ or less. Areas south of US 20 seeing 1-2″, which includes much of Ogle and Carroll counties. Lee, southern DeKalb, and Whiteside counties look to get 2-4″ of snow, as they are closer to the center of the storm.

Lee, DeKalb, and Whiteside counties were added to the Winter Weather Advisories across Illinois overnight by the National Weather Service. The Advisories will be in effect until 3 AM Sunday to highlight slippery road conditions and difficult travel weather.

To track the snow in your neighborhood, use our Interactive Radar:

Since there will be a sharp drop off in snow amounts, road conditions may change rapidly as you move north to south. Don’t let the snow catch you off guard; roads may change suddenly from dry to snowy, so drive with caution.

Areas along and south of I-80 will catch the brunt of the storm. In general, 3-6″ of snow will fall through central Illinois. Closer to St. Louis, up to 10″ of snowfall is possible. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted to highlight the more hazardous conditions in these areas. If you have to travel southward throughout the day, do so with extreme caution. Be ready for very difficult travel conditions due to heavy snow.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

Chief Meteorologist

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