- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - As much as 10 inches of snow is forecast to fall in parts of southern Illinois as a winter storm moves across the lower tier of the state.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Thursday for 13 counties in southern Illinois including the cities of Albion, Carbondale, Herrin and Mount Vernon.

Forecasters say rain will transition to sleet Wednesday afternoon before turning into snow Wednesday evening. Between 4 and 6 inches of snow is predicted in a line from Mount Carmel to Benton. The rest of southern Illinois is forecast to receive between 6 and 10 inches of snow by Thursday morning.

Illinois State Police are warning motorists about icy and snow-covered roads and asking them to take precautions and allow extra travel time.

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