Springfield Local Forecast



SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - Breezy southerly winds and ample sunshine combined for near record high temperatures today. Springfield led the way at 59° with the record standing at 65°, all other central Illinois locations were generally in the mid 50s with low 50s on the eastern side of the state. Cloud cover builds in today as winds diminish tonight. A weak weather disturbance slides by central and southern Illinois bringing some scattered showers to the area. The most likely timeframe for rain is between 8am and noon, but the chances stays all day long. Rain totals will be less than 1/10th an inch.

Warm weather stays in central Illinois through Thursday with highs still in the mid 50s Monday and Tuesday and upper 40s Wednesday and Thursday.

But on Thursday evening, a strong cold front with our next weather maker arrives. The current forecast track takes the low pressure center of this weather make through northern Illinois, meaning that precipitation will likely be rain Thursday evening with a changeover to snow early Friday morning. Depending how long the snow lingers in central Illinois will make the difference whether the snow will stick or not. There is also another slight chance for light snow Friday evening. As for Christmas Eve - still a huge unknown. Computer models have been extremely inconsistent with any kind of weather makers or disruptive weather, thus it's impossible to say what will happen at this time.

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

Thomas Patrick - Storm Team Meteorologist