A VERY SOGGY WEEKEND
SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - The weather across central Illinois will be going downhill for the upcoming weekend as we move into a very active and unsettled weather pattern. A vigorous low pressure system will continue to deepen and strengthen as it plows out of Colorado and Kansas and heads in our direction over the next 24 to 36 hours. For Friday, look for increasing clouds with a chance for late day showers and storms. Even more numerous showers and storms will develop throughout the day on Saturday, and some storms could be strong. The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of central Illinois in the Marginal Risk category for severe storms on Saturday. Besides the chance for a few hefty storms, locally heavy rain is also possible with rainfall totals around ½" to an inch or more in some places.
As the storm system continues to churn its way through the Midwest, we can anticipate yet more rounds of scattered showers on Sunday with lingering rain showers even on Monday into early Tuesday. Finally it looks like a more stable weather pattern settles in by midweek, giving central Illinois a chance to dry out with partly sunny skies Wednesday and Thursday.
Going along with the Springtime showers and storms will be some extremely mild Spring-like temperatures. Afternoon highs on Friday will be particularly warm. Thanks to stiff southerly breezes, expect highs to sky-rocket into the mid 70s for Friday afternoon. More unseasonably mild temperatures will persist through the weekend into next week as well. Highs will top out in the low to mid 60s for Saturday and Sunday, and likewise stay in the 60s through midweek which is at least 5-10 degrees warmer than usual for late March.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 50s Thursday; mid 70s Friday; and low to mid 60s Saturday through Wednesday. Overnight lows will fall to the low 50s Thursday night; upper 50s Friday night; and low 50s Saturday night; and mid 40s Sunday through Tuesday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
BREEZY, WARMING INTO THE WEEKEND WITH RAIN AND POSSIBLE STORMS
(Champaign) - Somewhat active weather will take us into the weekend along with a warm-up which will take our highs to 70-degrees or above on Friday.
Meanwhile, for Thursday, a mix of clouds and sun will be with us for most of the day as highs rise to the low to mid 50s. Some to our south and west is seeing a few light showers.
By late Friday night into Saturday we expect showers with a few scattered storms will be expected to move in across mid Illinois and east central Illinois for the first half of the weekend. Saturday will be cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms from the early morning through the evening. Highs on Saturday will be in the low to mid 60s.
On Sunday, we'll begin with a low of 52 (which is pretty close to the average high for this time of year). Highs on Sunday will be a little lower topping out in the low 60s. Skies will be cloudy, and we could still see a few scattered showers over east central Illinois during much of the day.
For next week, we begin with more chances of showers and a high of 65-degrees, but by Tuesday and Wednesday we'll see partly sunny skies each day with highs in the low 60s, lows in the low 40s.
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