Central Illinois received the first real feel of winter today. Most of the area picked up around 2-4 inches of snow through this afternoon. This means we will officially have our first "White Christmas" since 2012 in central Illinois. It also means we did not set a record this winter for the latest first accumulating snowfall. That record will live to see another day now.
Here are some of the totals from today's snowfall:
The "Winter Weather Advisory" has been dropped for the majority of the area and we'll deal with cold and breezy conditions tonight. Overnight lows will drop into the lower teens with winds gusting up to 17-20 mph. Still a chance for flurries before midnight tonight.
Highs will be in the lower 20s with partly cloudy skies for Christmas. Winds will be out of the west around 5-15 mph. Wind chills will be in the single digits most of the day.
Temperatures this week will be extremely cold through next weekend. Expect highs in the middle teens Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will warm to the lower 20s by the weekend. Still a chance for snow Wednesday into Thursday.
Thank you to everyone who sent in viewer photos throughout the day! We loved them! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!