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SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 36. Winds: Light South.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Low: 32. Winds: South 5-10 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and mild. High: 43. Winds: South 10-15 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

Almanac

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2014

NORMAL HIGH:
37
NORMAL LOW:
21

RECORD HIGH:
64 (1949)
RECORD LOW:
-14 (1989)

SUNRISE:
7:16 a.m.
SUNSET:
4:37 p.m.

A quiet weekend with gradually warming temperatures is followed by precipitation chances and a return to colder weather into the upcoming holiday week across central Illinois.

Despite more clouds than sun more often than not over the weekend, southerly winds will help boost temperatures into the upper 30's Saturday and lower 40's Sunday.

A potent winter storm system tracking just to the north early in the week brings mainly rain chances to mid-Illinois Monday and Tuesday. The storm drives a strong cold front through on Tuesday afternoon with falling temperatures and snow chances Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Any accumulations will be minimal, but still enough to make roads slick and slippery for holiday travelers.

For those of you wishing for a White Christmas, you'll have to wait another year. Thursday's forecast offers partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures topping out in the mid- to upper 30's.

The next best chance for wintry precipitation appears to be the day after Christmas, but even that chance is looking minimal at best. Storm Team 20 will continue to monitor the latest forecast models for the track and impact of this next winter storm.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK:
Look for highs in the upper 30's Saturday; lower 40's Sunday; mid- 40's Monday and Tuesday; lower 30's Wednesday; and, upper 30's Christmas Day and Friday. Overnight lows will fall to the lower 30's Saturday and Sunday night; lower 40's Monday night; lower 30's Tuesday night; upper 20's Christmas Eve; and, lower 40's Thursday night.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist


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