OLD MAN WINTER RETURNS TO CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Springfield (WRSP) - After a sunny and warmer weekend with temperatures hitting 50 degrees or higher for a number of locations, central Illinois plunges back into the deep freeze this week.
A winter storm system has already created Blizzard conditions with high winds and snow in the northern plains, but the storm is greatly weakening as it pushes into Illinois. Snow fall is only expected to be under an inch with gusty winds up to 35-40 mph that are likely to create some periods of lower visibility Monday, as well as some slippery roads. Models hint at quick bursts of blizzard-like conditions with the snow and high winds, but the duration will not be long enough to warrant blizzard warnings or winter weather advisories. Scattered snow showers are expected through Monday evening and a few flurries may be possible Tuesday morning.
Temperatures will drop to the upper 20s by Monday morning and slowly fall to the upper teens by Monday night. The cold weather controls central Illinois through mid week with highs struggling to the 20s Tuesday and Wednesday and lows easily falling toward the single digits both nights. Wednesday morning will be the coldest as temperatures bottom out near 7 degrees with wind chills possibly making it feel as cold as -10 below. Temperatures slowly rebound closer to seasonal averages by the end of the weekend, but will still be a few degrees below normal for mid-February.
Details regarding a possible weather-maker around Valentine's Day or the day after are still vague. But a rather vigorous upper air disturbance does provide a fair confidence for some type of precipitation falling either late Sunday or Monday. Timing of this event is still up in the air and temperatures will have a major impact on whether this event could be rain, snow, or both. Stay tuned for updates as the weekend approaches.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the upper 20s Monday; around 20 Tuesday and Wednesday; mid 20s to upper Thursday and Friday; low 20s Saturday; and, around 30 Valentine's Day. Overnight lows will fall to the mid teens Monday night; around 7 Tuesday night; 9 Wednesday night; mid teens teens Thursday night; and, low teens Friday and Saturday night.
Joe Crain - Storm Team Meteorologist
MILD FOR THE WEEKEND, FOLLOWED BY COLD AND A CHANCE OF SNOW
Champaign (WCCU) - Happy weekend to you! This weekend promises some higher temperatures with highs projected to see 40-degrees-plus! Saturday is our best chance for seeing sunshine with highs in the mid to upper 40s. By Sunday a frontal boundary attached to a clipper system moving across the southern Canada and the Great Lakes will bring us a chance of precip from later on Sunday through Monday. Timing is still questionable with its arrival and that will determine whether we see a rain/snow mix for later on Sunday or an all snow event on Monday. Monday's highs are expected to only be in the upper 20s. Lingering snow is also expected once the front passes early Monday into possibly Tuesday.
It appears that Tuesday will be cloudy, but don't be surprised if we don't see a few scattered snow flurries as temperatures drop as low as 10-degrees or so on Wednesday morning. Winds will come in from the northwest during the period dropping those early morning "feels like" temperatures to around 10-below zero for Tuesday and especially Wednesday morning. Daytime highs will tumble as well with temperatures around 20-degrees for Tuesday, then the low 20s on Wednesday.
The rest of next week will see a rebound of the temperatures with a mixture of cloudy days with some sunshine. Highs on Thursday will be near average topping out in the low to mid 30s, then upper 30s are expected on Friday.
Everyone, have a great weekend....and make it a safe one!
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Doug Quick - WCCU Weather Anchor
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