SEVERE STORM CHANCES INCREASE AS SPRING-LIKE TEMPERATURES RETURN
SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - As spring-like temperatures make a comeback, so do the chances for strong to severe storms across central Illinois.
Temperatures are on the rise thanks to strong southerly winds. Highs easily reach the mid 50s Monday with a mix of sun and clouds and soar to the low 70s Tuesday with increasing humidity that will provide the fuel for potentially strong to severe storms. While a few scattered showers or isolated storms will be possible late Monday night, early Tuesday morning and again Tuesday afternoon, the best chance for potentially strong to severe storms will arrive by Tuesday night. That's when a very strong jet streak will be racing through the region and create a high amount of wind shear -- more than enough for thunderstorms to turn over very efficiently. Potential storm energy will be somewhat limited, but the shear should compensate for that and create a fairly robust severe weather setup -- especially for late February. Tuesday's severe weather outlook for central Illinois is a SLIGHT RISK. The storm puts the arrival of a passing cold front into the evening hours, with the strongest storms likely after 7pm Tuesday night. The primary risk will be strong straight line winds, but heavy rain, hail and even the threat of an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
After the cold front passes, look for partly to mostly sunny skies as temperatures return closer to normal with highs in the mid 40s to low 50s for the remainder of the work week. The weekend outlook features another warm-up with highs climbing back to the 60s.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 50s Monday; low 70s Tuesday; upper 40s and low 50s Wednesday through Friday; and, low to mid 60s Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will fall to the upper 40s Monday and Tuesday night; low 30s Wednesday night; mid 20s Thursday night; mid 30s Friday night; and, mid 40s Saturday night.
Joe Crain - 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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