(10:30AM Wed Feb 8th 2023) As a storm system moves through the region today through Thursday, it will bring the opportunity for a low end severe t'storm risk, accumulating snowfall and high winds to portions of the state. With this update we added portions of East-Central Illinois to a level 1 severe t'storm risk, as confidence grows in an isolated severe t'storm risk across this area. Little to no change was needed for the snowfall and high wind forecasts.
Timing & Location...
•Severe T'Storm Risk: This evening - Thursday morning, Feb 8-9th: Southern Illinois.
•Snowfall: Early Thursday morning - Thursday evening, Feb 8th: Far Northwestern Illinois.
•High Winds: Tonight - Thursday morning, Feb 8-9th: Southern Illinois.
•A level 1 severe t'storm risk is in place across portions of Central and Southern Illinois, from this evening through Thursday morning. Isolated severe t'storms will be possible, posing a risk of damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado.
•Rain will mix with and change to snow across Northwestern Illinois, early Thursday morning through Thursday evening, with a dusting to 1" to 2-5" of snow expected.
•A period of high winds is expected across much of the state, tonight through Thursday evening, with wind gusts of 35-50MPH expected. Locally higher wind gusts are possible across Eastern Illinois.
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