THREAT OF STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS SHIFTING FARTHER EAST ON FRIDAY
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - A strong cold brings the threat of strong to severe storms to parts of mid-Illinois on Friday and much colder weather into the start of the weekend.
Vigorous low pressure and its attending cold front will be sliding through Illinois with a chance of scattered showers and isolated storms. Some of the storms on Friday could turn severe with the primary threat being strong damaging winds. The latest assessment from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center is shifting the greatest threat of severe storms much farther east into Indiana with only the far eastern half of central Illinois -- essentially along and east of I-57 -- within the Marginal Risk zone for severe storms.
As the cold front pushes across mid-Illinois and storm chances end, temperatures will be turning colder. Look for temperatures around Springfield to reach the mid 60s by midday and fall to upper 40s by late afternoon and eventually to the mid to upper 20s early Saturday morning. As temperatures take a dive, there is the potential for some scattered snow flurries and light snow showers overnight Friday evening into early Saturday morning. Temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 30s and feel even colder with gusty northwest winds on Saturday and stay on the chilly side Sunday with highs in the mid 40s.
After a cloudy start in the morning, look for abundant sunshine Saturday afternoon and a mix of clouds and sun on Sunday. There is a chance for a little wintry mix by Sunday evening, along with more scattered rain chances for Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will also moderate early in the week with highs back into the 50s on Monday and up to the 60s once again on 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.
Joe Crain - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
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