Winter storm prompts weather warnings in Illinois

Associated Press Updated: December 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm • Published: December 21, 2013 0

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm moving across the Midwest has prompted watches and warnings across Illinois.

On Saturday the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northwestern Illinois and flood warnings across southern Illinois. Winter weather and flood advisories were in effect for eastern Illinois and a freezing rain advisory in central Illinois. A flood watch was in effect for eastern Illinois.

Forecasters said melting snow coupled with up to 6 inches of rain in some areas of southern Illinois could lead to flooding. There were reports of water-covered roads and overflowing creeks and streams.

Snow in northern Illinois was forecast from 6-8 inches around Rockford, 2-4 inches in the northern Chicago suburbs and 1-2 inches in Chicago tapering to less than an inch in areas of central Illinois.

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