Snow forecast lowered for Springfield and Central Illinois

Springfield's Thomas Dorsey and his three-year-old Curly Coated Retriever Ke-Koa go for a walk in a snowy Washington park on Wednesday.

Springfield avoided the worst-case scenario for winter weather Wednesday as the area received less snow cover than expected.

The winter weather guide for Sangamon County was canceled just after 1 p.m., with the National Weather Service lowering forecast snow amounts for Springfield and the surrounding area. Road conditions were also better than expected, with the Illinois Department of Transportation reporting that most roads across the state were clear.

As of Wednesday noon, 1.2 inches of snow had fallen at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, according to NWS. The initial expectation was 3-6 inches of snow in Springfield, with heavier amounts of snow in the south and east of the area.

The revised NWS forecast called for snow before 5 p.m., possibly mixed with rain, but most of the snow had melted by the afternoon.


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