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ASHKUM — State police are reminding drivers to take precautions as they travel, as a winter storm makes its way into East Central Illinois.
District 21 Illinois State Police are monitoring the incoming storm as it moves into the area from the western part of the state. As of 3 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory.
The National Weather Service is predicting snow to develop late this afternoon and continue into Friday morning. A period of heavy snow is expected this evening with snow fall rates of 1 inch or more per hour.
The storm accumulation could range between 3 to 6 inches, with locally higher amounts.
The storm is also capable of producing a tenth of an inch of ice. The winds will increase and gust to around 30 to 35 miles per hour.
The combination of snow and winds will decrease visibility to less than one half of a mile and may cause whiteout conditions.
“The Illinois State Police are asking drivers to monitor changing weather conditions, limit their travels, and be prepared to allow plenty of time to reach your destination,” a news release said. “Drivers are also encouraged to put extra water, food, and warm clothing their vehicle. Please contact your nearest police department if you vehicle becomes disabled or involved in an crash.”