WINTRY PRECIPITATION THIS WEEKEND
SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - A persistently cloudy and colder forecast continues into the start of the weekend.
With the exception of perhaps a few peeks of sun here and there, Friday looks to be a near repeat of Thursday with mainly overcast skies and afternoon highs only reaching low to mid 40s. Saturday may feature a bit more sunshine by afternoon, but a good amount of cloud cover will continue to linger in the morning around mid-Illinois.
A weather system in the southern U.S. has the potential to give central Illinois snow showers -- or at the very least a rain/snow mix -- early Sunday morning. A small wave in the jet stream would be responsible for any precipitation this weekend with light snow showers or flurries possible after midnight Sunday morning towards dawn. Any snow would quickly change to raindrops by daybreak with lingering rain chances through at least midday. If it snows long enough before temperatures start to warm, any snow accumulations would amount to a light dusting at best and be confined to grassy surfaces. Ground temperatures would be too warm for driveways and roadways to receive any accumulations.
Additional rain chances are expected late Monday night and Tuesday and again Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday. The first batch of precipitation will just be just rain with temperatures briefly climbing back to the mid to upper 40s early in the week. However, the second round of precipitation will start out as rain Wednesday afternoon and gradually transition to snow before it comes to an end early Thursday morning, thanks to an intrusion of much colder air. That blast of deep arctic air will plunge temperatures into the deep freeze with highs only in the upper 20s by Thursday afternoon and overnight lows into the teens heading into the weekend.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the low to mid 40s Friday through Tuesday; upper 30s Wednesday; and, mid 20s Thursday. Overnight lows will fall to the low to 30s Friday through Tuesday night; and, upper teens Wednesday night.
Joe Crain - Storm Team Meteorologist
FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK, TYPICAL NOVEMBER WEATHER ON TAP
Champaign (WCCU) - For the rest of the work/school week, we'll see a mixture of clouds and sun each day with pretty typical November weather. Highs will be in the low to mid 40s, while lows fall into the upper 20s to lower 30s.
Looking into the weekend, we're still seeing mostly cloudy skies for Saturday. Late Saturday night into early Sunday we could see a few snow showers, before mixing with rain showers later. No snow accumulation is expected. Meanwhile, Saturday's highs will be in the lower 40s while overnight lows fall into the upper 20s by Sunday morning, then top out in the upper 30s by Sunday afternoon.
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Doug Quick - FOX Champaign Weather Anchor
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