Springfield Local Forecast


SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - A huge bitterly cold chunk of Arctic air will keep central Illinois locked in the deep freeze for the much of the week with temperatures well below normal and at least a couple of opportunities for wintry precipitation.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday will be unseasonably cold with some morning sunshine giving way to increasing clouds in the afternoon. After early morning lows in the single digits, afternoon temperatures will moderate to the mid 20s and it will feel even colder with southeast winds becoming rather gusty as the afternoon progresses.

Despite cloudy skies on Tuesday, blustery winds shifting around to the south will help boost temperatures back into the upper 30s and even low 40s around mid-Illinois. However, our next weather maker moves in by afternoon will produce light rain showers through the evening. As temperatures take another downward turn late Tuesday night, any lingering light rain will transition to a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and eventually snow with minor accumulations of a 1/2 inch or less before daybreak Wednesday morning.

Temperatures once again revert back to daytime highs struggling to reach the mid 20s Wednesday and Thursday and even colder in the mid teens on Friday with yet another chance for some light snow on Thursday.

Looking ahead to the weekend, temperatures remain rather cold with highs only around 20 both Saturday and Sunday and a fast moving Canadian Clipper bringing a chance for more snow on Saturday.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 20s on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; around 40 Tuesday; mid 20s Wednesday and Thursday; mid teens Friday; and, around 20 Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will fall to the low 20s Monday and Tuesday night; low teens Wednesday night; -3 below Thursday night; around 11 Friday night; and, 1 Saturday night.

Joe Crain - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

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