TEMPERATURES TRENDING COLDER THIS WEEK
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - There will be a definite chill in the air this week as much colder weather settles into central Illinois -- especially heading into the upcoming weekend.
In the meantime, the cold front that passed through the state Sunday afternoon is off to the east, but lingering light rain showers or drizzle will be gradually ending from west to east through the day on Monday. A few peeks of sun will be possible by late afternoon, but skies will be mainly through the day with afternoon highs reaching the mid 60s.
Yet another frontal boundary slides through with another shot of light rain showers from late Monday night through the day on Tuesday, along with a reinforcement of cooler air that will hold temperatures into the upper 40s and low 50s on Tuesday. Temperatures will rebound mid-week with an upper level ridge building up across the Midwest with temperatures rising back to the upper 50s Wednesday and upper 60s by Thursday with abundant sunshine.
The warm-up will be short-lived with a stronger cold front dropping in Friday with a few shower possible by Friday night and the coldest air of the season so far. So cold, in fact, that we could see mixed precipitation by early Saturday morning. Temperatures will be approaching the freezing mark by daybreak Saturday morning and with a slight chance of precipitation, a rain/snow mix will be possible. But keep in mind the ground temperatures will be still too warm for anything to happen beyond a few flakes flying through the air. Otherwise, it will be much colder this weekend with daytime highs only topping out in the 40s and we'll all be bundling up -- especially the little ghosts and goblins in communities featuring Trick-or-Treat hours this weekend.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the upper 60s Monday; near 50 Tuesday; upper 50s Wednesday; upper 60s Thursday; upper 40s Friday and Saturday; and, low 50s Sunday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid 40s Monday night; upper 30s Tuesday night; low to mid 40s Wednesday and Thursday night; and, low to mid 30s Friday and Saturday night.
Joe Crain - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
RAIN CHANCES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, BECOMING MUCH COOLER
Champaign (WCCU) - We begin next week with mostly sunny skies overall, but with a chance of showers. We'll see a high on Monday in the low 60s as a cooling trend takes our daytime highs even lower by midweek. Tuesday will be cloudy with a chance of showers and a high only around 50, with temperatures topping out in the low 50s on Wednesday under mostly sunny skies. Partly to mostly cloudy skies will continue into Thursday as conditions begin a warming trend which will take us back to a high around 60.
On Friday, chances of showers return with mostly cloudy skies and highs only in the mid-50s. So far next weekend looks to be possibly rainy with partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies. Saturday will only reach to the low 50s while Sundays high falls to the upper 40s. Lows will also fall to the upper 30s to low 30s during the period. The weekend could bring our first chance of frost for the season.
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