And there it is. As expected, Champaign County has been upgraded to a Freezing Rain Advisory by US National Weather Service Central Illinois beginning tonight at 6 PM, remaining in effect until 12 PM Sunday (I wouldn't be shocked to see this time extended given the risk of additional freezing rain on Sunday afternoon). Here is the full text from the NWS:
...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT TONIGHT THROUGH NOON CST SUNDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LINCOLN HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT TONIGHT UNTIL NOON CST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN WILL SPREAD NORTHWARD ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT...WITH PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. THE FREEZING RAIN COULD MIX WITH RAIN SATURDAY AFTERNOON AS TEMPERATURES RISE TO JUST ABOVE FREEZING.
* MAIN IMPACT...ICE ACCUMULATIONS NEAR A TENTH INCH COULD CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES.. OVERPASSES...AND UNTREATED ROADS.
* OTHER IMPACTS...SIDEWALKS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY AND DAMAGE TO TREES AND POWER LINES IS POSSIBLE...ALTHOUGH WIND SPEEDS ARE
NOT EXPECTED TO BE MUCH OF A FACTOR WITH THIS STORM SYSTEM.
A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.