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Weather Today

SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 14. Winds: Northwest 5-10 mph.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy. High: 29. Winds: Light Northwest

TUESDAY:
Freezing rain changing to rain. High: 42. Winds: Southeast 15-20 mph.

Thomas Patrick
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

Almanac

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015

NORMAL HIGH:
45
NORMAL LOW: 27

RECORD HIGH: 73 (1992)
RECORD LOW:
-8 (1960)

SUNRISE:
6:32 a.m.
SUNSET:
5:50 p.m.

Heavy snow fell overnight last night, outdoing some of our projections by an inch or two. Main 5-8" of snow fell across the area with isolated areas near 10" total. Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport recorded 8.1" officially. The highest report we've received came out of Rochester at 10.5"

This system continues to race off eastward, and we'll get a break in the action tonight and tomorrow. Temperatures still well below their normal mark, but some sunshine will be present tomorrow afternoon. But it's short lived. The cut off low over California, which spun a piece of energy our way yesterday, giving us the snow, will send another this direction come Tuesday. The key difference this time around will be that the storm will track much farther to the north. The result will be warmer temperatures overall, but still freezing rain likely Monday night into Tuesday early morning will temperatures still in the middle 20s at the surface, and warmer air surfing over the top of that cold air mass. The good news is that any icy spot will melt away during the dday Tuesday with more rainfall possible. Models sugguest anywhere between one-tenth to five-tenths of an inch of rain through the day.

Then yet another arctic blast moves into Illinois Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures into the 20s, some of that water could refreeze late this week.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the low 20s to near 30 Monday; low to mid 40s Tuesday; upper teens to near 20 Wednesday and Thursday; near 40 Friday; low 40s Saturday; and, mid 40s Sunday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid teens Sunday night; mid 20s Monday night, mid teens and Tuesday night; single digits Wednesday night; low teens Thursday night; and, mid 20s Friday and Saturday night. 

Thomas Patrick
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

 
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