DAMP AND UNSETTLED, BUT AT LEAST VERY MILD
**DENSE FOG ADVISORY**--- A Dense Fog Advisory has been posted for much of the viewing area until 9 AM Friday Morning.
SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - Wednesday's sunshine was short lived and now the cloudy, dreary wet weather has returned across central Illinois. A low pressure system continues to lift out from the south heading towards the Great Lakes, helping to trigger scattered showers and isolated storms in Illinois. With very mild and moist air streaming across the state, the potential exists for locally heavy rain. Rainfall totals around 1/2" will be quite common, but some locales could easily experience rain around an inch or more which could lead to some minor flooding especially in low-lying areas.
Friday will feature a few lingering leftover showers and pockets of light rain particularly in the morning, otherwise drier weather with mostly cloudy skies will be the rule for the remainder of Friday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will stay extremely mild for mid-January with highs on Friday topping out around 53.
The weekend gets off to a good start with a mix of sun and clouds for Saturday, and temperatures will be soaring to near record-breaking levels as highs climb to near 61. Sunday will bring a slight chance for some widely scattered showers with highs still unseasonably mild in the mid 50s.
More on-again, off-again rain chances continue Monday through Wednesday. Also the streak of mild temperatures will persist through midweek as highs reach into the mid to upper 40s and lows drop into the mid 30s, still averaging 10-15 degrees warmer than usual for this time of year.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 40s Thursday; low 50s Friday; low 60s Saturday; mid 50s Sunday; and, mid 40s Monday through Wednesday. Overnight lows will be in the low to mid 40s Thursday through Saturday night; upper 30s Sunday night; and, mid 30s Monday and Tuesday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
MILDER AIR WITH CHANCES OF SHOWERS
A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for the following counties in the FOX-Illinois Channel 27 viewing area: McLean, Piatt, Moultrie, Macon.
Champaign (WCCU) - Our late January weather continues with above average temperatures for now and instead of seeing snow, we're seen rain. Our unusual weather it appears will be with us through at least the end of the month as projections are still calling for above average temperatures and near average precipitation.
For the overnight, expect more rain showers and the development of patchy fog across most of the area. It may be more dense across western Illinois, though, as you travel in that direction tomorrow. The prospects for rain should move out of our immediate area by dawn tomorrow morning. Leaving the rest of the day on Friday under the clouds with patchy fog. Highs will be in the low 50s, a relatively mild temperature reading.
On Saturday, temperatures will only fall to the mid 40s, but fog is still possible early in the day. We hope to get enough clearing to take place to allow for at least some sun to break through the clouds, although rain chances will increase later Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday. Meanwhile on Saturday, we look forward to seeing highs near 60-degrees by the afternoon! Lows by early Sunday will be once again in the low 40s with a 30-percent chance of showers on Sunday, but it will be cooler topping out in the low 50s.
Cooler air will return for early next week with once again a chance of rain showers on Monday. It's only a 30-percent chance of showers as highs end up in the mid 40s. Tuesday, we'll be under the clouds once again, but an incoming weather system could bring us another shot of rain during the overnight into early Wednesday. Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid 40s, with low 40s on Wednesday. Even cooler air will filter in for the last couple of days of next week with highs expected to be in the mid to upper 30s, lows will fall to the low 30s..
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