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Springfield Local Forecast

WINTER MAKES A BRIEF APPEARANCE

SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - After being spoiled by mild Spring-like weather all week long, Winter will be making a comeback this weekend. A sharp cold front has swept across Illinois and brisk northwesterly winds are rushing in behind the front causing temperatures to fall quickly this evening. Overnight lows will drop below freezing this evening for the first time in well over a week, and as the much colder air pours across central Illinois, expect snow flurries and light snow showers to break out overnight into early Saturday morning. No accumulations are expected other than a light dusting.

Temperatures will be a shock to our bodies as lows plummet into the 20s and highs only climb into the mid to upper 30s, and with stiff, blustery winds combining with the nippy temperatures, it will feel like the teens and low 20s for most of the afternoon on Saturday.

Sunday will feature mainly dry skies with highs in the mid 40s, but look for increasing clouds and some late night showers or a light wintry mix to develop as the next weather system approaches from the Midwest. Then early next week will stay unsettled with a chance for some scattered showers on Monday and Tuesday. But the cold snap will be brief, and already temperatures will start to recover and warm back up. Look for afternoon highs in the low 50s on Monday and even reaching the low 60s by Tuesday.

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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 60s Friday; upper 30s Saturday; mid 40s Sunday; low 50s Monday; mid 60s Tuesday; and, low 50s Wednesday and Thursday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid 20s Friday and Saturday night; low 30s Sunday night; low 40s Monday and Tuesday night; and, low 30s Wednesday night.

Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team Chief Meteorologist

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