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Weather Today

TONIGHT:  Increasing clouds and cold. High: 16. Winds: SSE 5-10 mph.

Partly sunny, windy and warmer. High: 44. Winds: South 10-15 mph, gusting to 30 mph.

Ric Kearbey
Storm Team 20 Chief Meteorologist




RECORD HIGH: 73 (1989)
RECORD LOW:  6 (1898)

SUNRISE: 6:57 a.m.
SUNSET: 4:36 p.m.

A cold start to the long holiday weekend is followed quickly by warming temperatures and a generally dry forecast across central Illinois.

A weak Clipper dropped up to 3 inches of snow around the area by late Wednesday night and a reinforcing shot of colder air behind the departing Clipper plunged temperatures well into the 20's by early Thanksgiving morning. Cloudy skies will eventually cleared for some peeks of sunshine this afternoon. Temperatures stay cold for early morning "Black Friday" bargain hunters with overnight temperatures falling to around 20 degrees early Friday morning.

For the remainder of the holiday weekend, temperatures will moderate to the mid- 40's by Friday afternoon and well into the 50's Saturday and Sunday before another cold front slides through with a slight chance of rain showers late Sunday.

The extended outlook into early next has a brief drop in temperatures Monday and a slow warming trend with more seasonable temperatures by mid-week.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid- 40's Friday; mid- 50's Saturday and Sunday; lower 30's Monday; and, mid- 40's Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight lows will drop to around 20 Thursday night; mid- 30's Friday night; upper 40's Saturday night; and, mid- to upper 20's Sunday through Tuesday night.

Ric Kearbey

Storm Team 20 Chief Meteorologist

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