A winter storm watch is in effect from now through Wednesday afternoon for portions of central Illinois, including Galva. This an extremely dangerous winter storm, according to the National Weather Service.



 


A winter storm watch is in effect from now through Wednesday afternoon for portions of central Illinois, including Galva.

Snow is expected to move into the area this afternoon from the south and continue into tonight. Snow accumulations are only expected to be around 2 inches.

Beginning Tuesday, a major winter storm system is expected to bring snow to the area through Wednesday. Blowing snow is also expected Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday as wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible. Snow accumulations of 12 inches or more are possible from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night.

This an extremely dangerous winter storm, according to the National Weather Service.

The exact locations of the heaviest snowfall could change due to small changes in the forecasted storm track. This could also result in major changes in the expected precipitation types. A large part of the Midwest is expected to be impacted by this storm. If you are planning travel over the region, you should monitor the latest forecasts and consider altering your plans if possible.

Here’s the forecast:

This Afternoon: Snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet. High near 25. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Snow. Low around 18. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Tuesday: Snow likely, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle before noon, then snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow after noon. High near 25. Windy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to between 25 and 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of around 5 inches.

Tuesday Night: Snow and areas of blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 14. Wind chill values as low as zero. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 12 inches.

Wednesday: Snow likely and areas of blowing snow before noon, then areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow after noon. The snow could be heavy at times. Cloudy and windy, with a high near 19. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -8.

Thursday: Sunny and cold, with a high near 10.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 4.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 20.

Friday Night: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.