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THURSDAY: A few sprinkles possible this morning. Cloudy and blustery with falling afternoon temperatures. High: 40. Winds: Northwest 20-25 mph, gusting to 35 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 25. Winds: Northwest 10-15 mph, gusting to 30 mph.

FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny. High: 33. Winds: North 5-10 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

Almanac

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015

NORMAL HIGH:
36
NORMAL LOW:
19

RECORD HIGH: 64 (2013)
RECORD LOW:
-11 (1966)

SUNRISE:
7:10 a.m.
SUNSET:
5:14 p.m.

Old Man Winter will be charging back into central Illinois this weekend with wintry precipitation, followed by bitterly cold temperatures early next week.

A weak cold front passing through early Thursday morning has managed to squeeze some spotty light rain showers during the overnight hours. Once the front passes, clouds will continue to hold and blustery winds will shift around to the northwest with gradually cooling temperatures for the remainder of the day.

Sunshine returns Friday, but temperatures will be slightly cooler into the start of the weekend with highs in the 30's both Friday and Saturday. However, the big forecast focus continues to be on Sunday.

Forecast models are still on track with snowfall throughout the day Sunday. Look for mixed precipitation to develop Saturday night and transition to all-snow Sunday. Long range forecast models continue to place between 2" to as much as 5" of snow across the area through Sunday night. Compared to the east coast, it's not a tremendous amount of snow, but still more than enough to be a travel problem over the latter half of the weekend.

Once the snow ends Sunday night, a quick blast of arctic air will have temperatures plummeting on Groundhog Day with highs only around 20 degrees and overnight lows well into the teens. Temperatures will gradually moderate back to the 30's by Tuesday.

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

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist


 

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