Incoming snow prompts Winter Storm Watch in central in this weekend

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A winter storm will track through the region Saturday through Sunday. It is very important to realize the forecast is still subject to change throughout the day but especially from this morning to the 10pm newscast tonight when we'll have radar observations on where the heavier bands of snow are and the most up to date models. This snow will be light and scattered to start, with the first flakes reaching the metro by midday or early afternoon.

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Wintry weather and its impacts are possible late Saturday through Monday with the heaviest precipitation expected to fall early Sunday morning through about mid-day. Rain freezing rain and sleet will mix in south of 460 cutting down on snow totals. Precipitation will stay all snow for areas well west and northwest of Richmond. Just over a span of 40 to 50 miles will be the difference between 1 inch and over 8 inches of accumulation. Please keep in mind that the storm is now in the southwestern United States, and a storm track shift of 50 miles will cause a lot more or less snow.

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Highs do warm back in the 40s next week however based on the amount of snow that accumulates temperatures may have to be adjusted (either way).

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A sharp gradient of snow is expected beginning late tonight in central IL and southernmost portions of the Chicago area, spreading north and east over much of northeast IL into northwest Indiana Saturday as low pressure tracks from the Texas Panhandle east through Tennessee.