Don’t look now but that freezing rain “advisory” just became an Ice Storm Warning. And Springfield is expected to be in the thick of it.
This is the price we pay for El Nino and/or global warming. In a "normal" year this would likely just be a bit of snow.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
CST FRI JAN 12 2007
...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND...
.A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL PUSH ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF ILLINOIS THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON...BECOMING STATIONARY SOUTH OF THE OHIO RIVER BY SATURDAY MORNING. WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE ALONG THIS FRONT...AND WILL PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OFPRECIPITATION ACROSS CENTRAL ILLINOIS THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
ALTHOUGH COLD AIR WILL BE FOUND AT THE SURFACE...MUCH WARMER CONDITIONS ALOFT WILL RESULT IN THE PRECIPITATION PRIMARILY BEING IN THE FORM OF FREEZING RAIN. SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LIKELY FROM THIS SYSTEM...WITH THE THICKEST ICE IN AREAS FROM SPRINGFIELD SOUTHWESTWARD.
TRAVEL CONDITIONS THIS WEEKEND WILL BE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS ACROSSMUCH OF THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.