SPRINGFIELD - Greater Peoria is now under a winter storm warning beginning tonight, as much of the state prepares for a major winter storm.
The National Weather Service had previously issued a winter weather advisory for the area. The storm warning goes into effect tonight at 9:00 p.m.
Snow will spread northeast throughout the night, reaching the Chicago area by Saturday morning. Much of central Illinois is forecast to receive 5 to 8 inches through late tomorrow. Parts of southwestern Illinois could receive up to 10 inches of snow. The Chicago area could get between 1 and 4 inches.
A winter storm warning means that travel will be extremely difficult or impossible. Motorists are urged to keep an emergency kit in their vehicles if travel is necessary during the storm.