MORE BIG TEMPERATURE SWINGS FOR THANKSGIVING WEEK
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - A quiet weather pattern for central Illinois this holiday week, but temperatures will once again be up and down like a see-saw. Tuesday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with highs topping out near 51°, but later in the day, a cold front will slide across state. There is an outside shot of a stray shower or sprinkle on Tuesday, but, for the most part, the front passes through with very little fanfare except it will be ushering in a reinforcing surge of cold air. Wednesday's high will be much chillier than normal with highs only topping out in the upper 30s, but at least the weather will be dry for holiday travelers.
Then the Thanksgiving Day menu offers up mostly sunny skies and cool temperatures in the mid 40s thanks to a big dome of high pressure across the region. Black Friday will also bring lots of sunshine, but temperatures will be trending upwards for a short while. Expect highs in the upper 50s and low 60s for Friday and then highs reaching the low 50s on Saturday. But by Sunday, another cold front will pivot across the Great Lakes, sweeping through Illinois, bringing yet again another shot of unseasonably chilly air and causing temperatures to drop into the upper 30s on Sunday to wrap up the holiday weekend.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 50s Monday; low 50s Tuesday; upper 30s Wednesday; mid 40s Thanksgiving Day; mid 50s Friday. and Saturday; and, upper 30s Sunday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid 40s Monday night; mid to upper 20s Tuesday and Wednesday night; low 30s Thursday night; mid 40s Friday night; and, upper 20s Saturday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team 20 Chief Meteorologist
A DRY STRETCH OF WEATHER FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEK WITH ROLLER COASTER TEMPS
Champaign (WCCU) - Fair weather continues into Tuesday with a few clouds expected later in the mid-day and afternoon. Highs on Tuesday will top out in the upper 40s early in the day before temperatures fall during the afternoon and evening hours. An incoming cold front will bring us cooler conditions as we get into Tuesday night and Wednesday, but we're not seeing any precipitation along with the front's arrival. Lows by early Wednesday will fall to the low 20s although breezy conditions continue as winds begin to come in from the northwest. Later on the big travel day, we still expect sunshine, but highs will only reach the mid-30s.
The Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday will see partly cloudy skies with lows in the mid-20s and a high only in the low 40s. "Black" Friday will see milder conditions once again with lows in the upper 20s with mostly sunny skies and not quite as chilly with a high in the low 50s.
Saturday will mostly sunny skies with lows in the upper 30s, then highs in the upper 40s. Sunday will be mostly clear with the morning low will be in the upper 20s, with Sunday's high returning down to the upper 30s.
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