Dreary clouds, and mist filled the Friday morning skies over the Illinois State University campus with unseasonable temperatures in the 50s. The conditions are expected to get more serious later Friday afternoon with falling temps and the chance of heavier precipitation.

Heavy rains, possible sleet, ice and snow are all in the forecast for much of central Illinois.

It appears that the heaviest wintery mix could hit areas west and northwest of the Bloomington-Normal area, but the Twin Cities may not escape significant rainfall.

In fact, the National Weather Service in Lincoln has included McLean County in a flood watch from Friday into Saturday morning.

Widespread rain, totaling amount in excess of 2 inches, is expected in the area later Friday afternoon and spilling into Saturday. The NWS says that the heavy rain could cause flooding in low lying areas. Weather officials urge motorists to use caution.

The rain is expected to turn to more winter-like precipitation by Saturday. The Illinois State University area, though, is only expected to receive less than an inch of snow by Saturday night, according to the latest forecast from the NWS.

By Sunday, the area should see a mix of sun and clouds with a high temp of around 31.

For the first day of spring semester classes on Monday, the area is again expected to see a mix of sun and clouds with a high temp around 40.

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