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Springfield Local Forecast

UNSEASONABLY MILD WEATHER CONTINUES INTO THE WEEKEND

SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - An extended "taste of Spring" continues and keeps the wintry precipitation away heading toward the weekend.

Low pressure lifting out of Arkansas Thursday morning will start to spread scattered showers into mid-Illinois as it pushes toward the Great Lakes. The air mass streaming into Illinois will be very mild and loaded with moisture capable of producing some isolated thunderstorms by late Thursday afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall isn't out of the question with the possibility of 1/2 inch to an inch of rain by the time precipitation chances come to an end early Friday morning.

Look for areas of fog Friday morning and cloudy skies the rest of the day before the weather dries out with sunshine returning by Saturday. More rain chances develop on Sunday and linger into early Monday with another weather maker moving out from the Plains.

Temperatures will be exceptionally mild the mid-part of next week. Temperatures will generally be about 10 to 15 degrees above the normal high of 35°. However, near record highs in the low 60s are expected Saturday afternoon -- falling just shy of Springfield's record high of 63°, set on January 21, 1986.

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

Joe Crain - Storm Team Meteorologist

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