SEVERE STORMS COULD PUT A DAMPER ON THE START OF THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND
SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - The weather is quiet for now but expect conditions to deteriorate as we approach the holiday weekend. Friday will start off fine with a mix of sun and clouds, but the clouds will win out and by later in the evening, the clouds will give way to scattered showers and storms. A low pressure system will push into Illinois late Friday and continue to generate even more showers and storms on Saturday. Unfortunately some storms could become severe capable of producing hail, strong damaging winds, torrential downpours and isolated tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of central Illinois in a SLIGHT to ENHANCED RISK for severe weather on Saturday. If you have outside plans scheduled for Saturday, please make sure you have the WICS Storm Team weather APP downloaded on your phone and have your cell phone nearby to bring you any weather alerts that may be issued for your area this weekend.
The storm system may bring some lingering showers and storms early on Sunday morning, particularly during the pre-dawn hours, otherwise more sunshine builds back for Sunday afternoon. Then expect more delightful weather on Monday for Memorial Day with mostly sunny skies in the offing with afternoon highs quite comfortable in the upper 70s.
Aside from a few showers early Tuesday morning, the weather for early next week promises to be rather quiet with partly to mostly sunny skies Tuesday afternoon through Thursday along with seasonable temperatures in the low to mid 70s.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 70s Thursday; upper 70s and low 80s Friday through Memorial Day; and, mid 70s Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid 50s Thursday night; low 60s Friday and Saturday night; and, mid to upper 50s Sunday through Tuesday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
A HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH UNSETTLED WEATHER
(Champaign) - We get into the big travel weekend on Friday with mostly sunny skies early in the day, when yet another weather system preceded by a warm front makes its way into the region to start the weekend. By Friday afternoon expect clouds with a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms across much of the region. We'll experience warmer conditions with highs in the upper 70s.
Saturday will begin with continued clouds and mild overnight conditions and a low in the low 60s. Later on Saturday, our rain and storm chances are listed as a 40-percent likelihood and could continue on/off throughout the afternoon and evening with mild-warm conditions as highs reach back into the lower 80s. Even with just a 40-percent chance of showers/storms we will be in the area which will be under a "slight" risk of strong to severe storms. Sunday's chances for showers/storms is still listed as a 40% chance, but we could see a little more sunshine between the clouds. Highs on Sunday will also be in the mid 70s.
The Memorial Day Holiday is expected to bring us partly cloudy skies and highs in the low to mid 70s. Overnight lows will end up in the low to mid 50s both for the early morning and early Tuesday morning. Skies will be partly cloudy on both Tuesday and Wednesday, while highs continue to be below average in the low to mid 70s.
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