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RAIN CHANCES INCREASE ALONG WITH THE THREAT OF SEVERE STORMS

SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - A very stormy and active weather pattern has settled over central Illinois. A potent low pressure system is churning out from the Southern Plains into Missouri, and as it pushes closer, it will set off scattered showers and storms tonight into Thursday. The atmosphere will be unstable allowing some storms to become strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of central Illinois under a Marginal Risk for severe storms tonight, but then elevates the threat level to Slight Risk on Thursday. Storms will be capable of producing hail, damaging winds, heavy downpours, and possibly an isolated tornado. This storm system is slow-moving and so the threat for strong storms will continue through Thursday afternoon before tapering off Thursday night. Some scattered showers will likely linger through Friday morning as more leftover energy and moisture circulates around the storm system before it exits towards the Great Lakes.

The weekend offers drier and more stable weather with partly to mostly sunny skies being featured on Saturday. But the break in the weather will be short as yet another low pressure system will move in early next week bringing more scattered showers on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Temperatures will not fluctuate too much over the next several days. Afternoon highs will be the warmest on Thursday thanks to southerly breezes with highs topping out in the upper 60s, but then drop into the low 50s on Friday as our storm system departs. Meanwhile by the weekend, temperatures will moderate with highs ranging from the upper 50s to the low to mid 60s with overnight lows in the upper 30s to upper 40s this weekend through next week.

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

Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team Chief Meteorologist

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