Forecasters say a winter storm is expected to bring as much as 9 inches of snow to parts of northern and central Illinois.
The National Weather Service had winter storm warnings in effect Friday through Saturday evening in northwestern and central Illinois, including La Salle, Livingston and Lee counties. The weather service predicts wet and heavy snow with wind gusts of up to 35 mph that could cause tree branches to fall and cause power outages. Forecasters say the late season snowstorm will start out as a rain and snow mix at about 4 a.m. in the Ottawa and Streator area but quickly change to moderate and at times heavy snowfall.
Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times, according to the weather service.
The storm is expected to affect the Rockford and Chicago areas along with Freeport, Peoria, Sterling, and the Quad Cities, along with La Salle County.
Nursing Hunt egg hunt rescheduled
The Easter egg hunt scheduled for Saturday, March 24, at La Salle County Nursing Home, 1380 N. 27th Road (Dee Bennett Road), has been postponed. The event, sponsored by the home's Restorative and Therapy Department, has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, March 30. It will be open to children up to age 11.
Reddick Mansion postpones docent training
The Reddick Mansion Association has rescheduled its docent training from Saturday, March 24, to Saturday, April 7, beginning at 10 am. This two-hour event is open to anyone who enjoys meeting people, is interested in Ottawa's history and perhaps likes to tell stories. A tour of the mansion is included and information will be shared about the duties of a docent and the history of the mansion and the Reddick family. Those interested should contact the mansion at 815-433-6100 or email@example.com.