A Dense Fog Advisory is in place across Central Illinois until noon Monday, with visibility of less than a quarter mile in places, the National Weather Service said. More
Motorists are advised to "drive with extreme caution and to be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities."
The advisory is for Knox, Stark, Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, Fulton, Tazewell, McLean, Schuyler, Mason, Logan, De Witt, Piatt, Champaign, Cass, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties.
A possibility of freezing drizzle is forecast for tonight. Warmer temperatures are expected Tuesday morning.
"A weather system will move across central Illinois late Wednesday night through Thursday with a mix of freezing rain and snow becoming a mix of rain and snow in the afternoon," the weather service said.
"We have a different type of storm developing, but there is enough agreement across the models to suggest that a low will move into southern Illinois, which usually puts up into some type of wintry precipitation at this time of the year,” said Ed Shimon, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Lincoln.
It is still too early to tell, he added, but some models suggest a winter storm event that could rival, in some ways, this past weekend’s storm.
“This one is going to be more progressive and there will be a rain/snow line some place across Illinois and where that falls is the real big question mark," he said. “One model is showing it near Interstate 72 and so we could begin with a period of freezing rain before it switches to snow.”
The fog comes after Central Illinois digs out from heavy snow over the weekend.
Springfield's State Journal-Register reports the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday. It cited the National Weather Service as saying the 8.4 inches of snow that day in Springfield broke the previous record for a Jan. 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches. Some 11.5 inches (29 centimeters) of snow fell on Springfield over three days.
Among those killed in the Midwest during the storm was an Illinois state trooper struck by a car when he responded to a three-vehicle crash Saturday in suburban Chicago.
State Police Director Leo Schmitz told reporters that 34-year-old Christopher Lambert was headed home when he pulled over and got out of his squad car to respond to the accident. Schmitz said Lambert positioned his squad car to protect the other three cars and "took on the danger himself."
For Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Jeff Allen, there was a bright spot hen a Good Samaritan helped pull his vehicle out of the snow after he got stuck en route to Arrowhead Stadium for the divisional playoff game Saturday.
Allen said he made it on time for the Chiefs' victory over the Indianapolis Colts because of the assistance. The man who helped Allen didn't know he was a Chiefs player at the time.
Allen turned to Twitter to track down the Good Samaritan. When they connected Sunday morning, Allen thanked him and promised him tickets to next week's AFC Championship game.
The storm zeroed in on the East Coast on Sunday.
Police said Ronald W. Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, died after his vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers. The two tractor-trailer drivers were taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. The state medical examiner determined Sunday that Harris' death was storm-related, police said.
Virginia State Police said they responded to more than 300 traffic crashes and helped nearly 200 disabled vehicles in Virginia from midnight to late Sunday afternoon.
The storm knocked out power to nearly 200,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina at its height Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.