FLOOD WARNING until 9:00 am for southeastern Champaign county and 1pm Thursday for Vermilion County. If you encounter standing water on the road or in low-lying flood prone areas, please remember to "Turn Around, Don't Drown".
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for much of central Illinois through Thursday morning.
TEMPERATURES MODERATING WITH MORE RAIN CHANCES
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - Another round of winter is gearing up for central Illinois -- just in time for the Thursday morning commute. Moisture streaming up from the south will combine with a weather disturbance lifting across our region to help generate some light freezing rain, sleet, and snow through Thursday morning. Ice accumulations will not be as significant as Wednesday morning, but still enough to cause some slippery roads -- especially bridges and overpasses.
The rest of the week stays active with a quick moving disturbance drifting across Illinois with a few scattered showers with rain totals of a tenth or two late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Otherwise, the rest of the work week features more clouds than sun with highs temperatures back to the 40s on Thursday and around 50 on Friday.
The weekend starts off with more rain chances developing late Friday night and continuing on-and-off through late Saturday night. This next weather maker could also pack some generous rainfall of an inch or two that could serve to aggravate flooding concerns over parts of mid-Illinois.
We'll have a chance to dry out beginning Sunday with a stretch of sunny skies and mild temperatures extending into early next week.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the low to mid 40s Thursday; near 50 Friday through Sunday; and, mid to upper 50s Monday through Wednesday. Overnight lows will fall to the low 40s Thursday night; mid 30s Friday night; low 30s Saturday through Monday night; and, low 40s Tuesday night.
Joe Crain - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
ANOTHER ICY MORNING, THEN MORE RAIN INTO THE WEEKEND
Flood Warnings are in effect for a large area of east-central Illinois through the overnight as well as those along the Sugar Creek, Iroquois River and Wabash Rivers within the FOXIL27 viewing area. These warnings will continue through much of this week.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of mid-Illinois overnight into Thursday midday. The counties in the FOXIL27 viewing area include: McLean, DeWitt, Macon, Piatt, Moultrie, Shelby, Champaign, Douglas, Vermilion, Edgar, Warren(IN), Fountain(IN), Vermillion(IN) and Montgomery(IN).
Champaign (WCCU)- The development of freezing rain/drizzle and sleet early Thursday could bring hazardous travel conditions with icy roadways and surfaces. Stay tuned for the latest STORM TEAM Forecasts on FOXIL27, and here at foxillinois.com. Now would be a good time to download the STORM TEAM weather app to your mobile phone or notepad and stay updated on weather alerts.
Later Thursday skies will be mostly cloudy but highs return to the mid-40s. Later in the evening and overnight into Friday morning rain chances will also return as lows fall to the upper 30s and highs rise to the lower 50s.
So far this weekend looks to be a continuation of active weather with rain showers on Saturday with highs around 55. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday expect mostly sunny with lows in the 30s and a high in the upper 40s on Sunday and the low 50s on Monday and Tuesday. We see another chance of showers on Wednesday, but mild conditions continue with a high in the low 50s once again.
Be sure and catch up with the latest STORM TEAM forecast weeknights at 5:30 and 9 p.m. on WCCU, Fox-Illinois Channel 27, also FOX-Champaign News at Nine on CW23 (WBUI, Decatur, Channel 23) or at FoxIllinois.com as well as the FOX Illinois app on your mobile device.
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