DECATUR — Get ready to bundle up this weekend: Snow and chilly temperatures are expected after a stretch of unseasonably warm weather.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln on Tuesday issued a hazardous weather outlook saying a storm system will bring snow to several counties late Friday night into Saturday. Counties affected by the outlook include Macon, DeWitt, Sangamon, Logan, Moultrie and Champaign.
Meteorologist Daryl Onton said it's too early to tell how much snow the system will bring, but there's a chance of moderate accumulation.
"A few inches is possible," he said. "On the track that it's on right now, it looks like it's going to be more or less. The storm isn't even into the United States right now. There's a long way to go, so predictability is too low to call precise amounts."
Onton said the weather service predicts that a cold stretch will begin today (Wednesday) and will continue until the storm arrives. The high for today (Wednesday) is expected to be in the upper 20s, while the low will be around 16 degrees.
"Following the storm, we're still looking for high temps in the 30s," he said.
Anyone with travel plans this weekend should be considerate of the chance for inclement weather, Onton said. He suggests having an emergency kit in vehicles, ensuring that tires are equipped to drive on snow and being extra cautious when driving around other vehicles.