The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow... which is in effect from 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ this evening to midnight CST /1 am EST/ Sunday night. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
For the Winter Storm Warning...
* timing... snow is expected to develop across the area early this afternoon. However... snowfall rates should increase across the area tonight into Sunday.
* Main impact... the potential for periods of heavy snow tonight into Sunday could result in 6 to 10 inches of new snow accumulation... leading to hazardous travel conditions.
* Other impacts... periods of heavy snow... along with brisk northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph could result in blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
Much of Central Illinois is under a winter storm watch from Saturday evening through Sunday. The National Weather Service has also increased its snowfall prediction. Expectations call for arctic cold and some blizzard conditions.
Parts of central Illinois could get 6 to 8 inches of snow, starting Saturday, and then temperatures and wind chill factors well below zero Sunday and Monday.
Several area schools and organizations have already cancelled classes and events for Monday.
Community leaders are urged to work with their emergency managers and have response plans in place and warming shelters opened.
The NWS reported as northwest winds increase on Sunday behind the system, blowing snow will become widespread with near blizzard conditions at times. A weather bulletin issued Friday stated "Anyone needing to do any travel should do it on Saturday because Sunday travel will be very dangerous across the area."
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING & DRIFTING SNOW WITH BLIZZARD LIKE CONDITIONS AT TIMES THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.
SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 35 MPH CREATING CONSIDERABLE BLOWING & DRIFTING WITH VISIBILITIES REDUCED IN RURAL AREAS & ON EAST WEST ROADS.
FOR THE WINTER STORM WATCH....
---SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA SATURDAY AFTERNOON. HOWEVER.SNOW INTENSITIES APPEAR TO INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY. THE SNOW SHOULD BACK OFF SUNDAY EVENING.
---THE POTENTIAL FOR PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY COULD RESULT IN 6 OR MORE INCHES OF NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION. THIS COULD MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS ACROSS THE AREA. NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO STRONG WINDS BLOWING SNOW AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.
Riverside, Presence St. Mary’s, Presence-IMH introduce 1st newborns of 2014
Riverside Welcomes First Baby of 2014 Baby Boy Makes Early Appearance to be First in the Area
KANKAKEE, IL (January 2, 2014) – Nothing is stopping Chanita Lewis and Dione Flynn of Kankakee from taking home their new bundle of joy, not even a few inches of snow. Kentrell Va'Shun Flynn, who wasn't due until January 12, was born at 1:22 a.m. January 1, 2014. He weighed in at 6 pounds 4 ounces and 19.5 inches. Baby Kentrell will be welcomed home by his three older sisters LaAysia Walters, 7; D'Sharia Flynn, 4 and D'Niya Flynn, 3.
Presence St. Mary's Welcomes First Baby of 2014
January 2, 2014 – Kankakee, Ill...Presence St. Mary's Hospital welcomed the first baby of 2014 on Wednesday, January 1. Bailee Wynter Rose Anderson was born at 9:21 pm. She weighed 6 lbs 13oz and was 19 ½ inches long. Ashley and Phillip Anderson are the proud parents and Gavin is the big brother.
Presence-IMH WELCOMES FIRST BABY OF THE NEW YEAR
WATSEKA, ILLINOIS – Iroquois Memorial Hospital, an independent partner of Presence Health, is pleased to announce that the first baby of 2014 arrived on New Year's Day. Alexis Marie Kietzmann was born on 1/1/2014 at 7:39 PM. She weighed in at 8 lbs 3 oz and was 22 long. Her parents are Stacy Eden and Mitchell Kietzmann of Danforth. Alexis was delivered by longtime physician Dr. Philip Zumwalt.
Alexis has three older brothers Dewayne Smith, Zane Smith and Cory Tumblin. They all live in Georgia. Maternal grandparents are Larry & Roxanne Eden of Danforth. Paternal grandparent is Charles Kietzman of Onarga. Great-grandparents are Reinhardt & Dorothy Norder of Crescent City.