TEMPS TO REBOUND AFTER SHORT COLD SNAP
SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - Cold front yesterday has ushered in much colder air. Temperatures topped out in the mid to upper 30s which is about 25° colder than what the rest of the week has been. That's also about 5 degrees below average for late February standards. Accompanying the cold temps has been blustery winds, gusting up to 40 mph. Wind chills have been in the 20s for a majority of the afternoon. Heading into tonight, winds calm down quickly to the 5-15 mph range before midnight, and will be rather calm after midnight. With lows in the mid 20s wind chills will be between 24° and 16°.
Winds increase tomorrow afternoon but will be southerly and that'll warm the area up again into the upper 40s, pushing 50° near Jacksonville. A rainy system impacts the Ohio River Valley but will overall miss central Illinois. However some computer models have popped just an isolated shower or two during the afternoon, so will hold on to a 100-20% chance for light showers.
Temperatures continue to warm quickly into the mid 50s Monday and upper 60s Tuesday before backing off to the low 50s Wednesday and mid to upper 40s for the remainder of the week. During the warm stretch a few disturbances have varying degrees of chances for rain for central Illinois. The first will be Monday night and early Tuesday - this is the most likely chance for rain (80%) but doesn't appear to be very heavy. Tuesday afternoon and evening is the next chance (50%) - with temps in the upper 60s some thunder is possible but the severe weather threat stay south of the Ohio River, but a good soaking is possible for our southeastern counties. Lingering showers possible Wednesday (30%) but that won't add too much rain. All-in-all about ½" of rain, give-or-take, likely for the either area with the highest rain totals in southeastern communities. Should Tuesday's storms dump heavy rain, localized area up to 2" would be in the maximum possible.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the upper 40s Sunday; mid 50s Monday; upper 60s Tuesday; low 50s Wednesday; mid to upper 40s Thursday and Friday; and upper 50s Saturday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid 20s Saturday night; mid 30s Sunday night; mid 40s Monday and Tuesday night; low 30s Wednesday night; mid 20s Thursday night; and low 30s Friday night.
Thomas Patrick - Storm Team Meteorologist
WARMING THROUGH TUESDAY, RAIN RETURNS
Champaign (WCCU) - Monday will be partly sunny with highs in the low 50s, but by the overnight rain chances will increase to 60-percent. Lows will be in the low 40s. Tuesday will see a 40-percent chance of showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. Highs will end up close to 60.
By Wednesday it'll be cooler as a nearly stationary front drops to our south placing us in in the cooler air mass. Highs will lower, in the upper 40s. That's pretty much where we'll be for the rest of next week. Plus, our chances of showers will continue into Thursday as well. By Friday, we return to mostly sunny skies.
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