AFTER A BRIEF PAUSE, MORE RAIN CHANCES RETURN
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - More clouds than sunshine, more often than not and frequent rain chances highlight the 7-day outlook for central Illinois.
After picking up two-tenths of an inch of rain in Springfield on Monday, dry conditions return for Tuesday. However, the moisture laden air will be primed for some patchy fog for the early morning commute and mainly cloudy skies are expected through much of the day. A weak area of high pressure will work to partially clear the sky by late Tuesday afternoon for some peeks of sunshine to finish the day.
Warm air converging into Illinois on Wednesday, ahead of the next low pressure system will bring scattered showers back into the area mid-week. As the low pressure lifts out of the south central plains on Thursday, showers and some stronger thunderstorms will be possible beginning late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning over the western portions of mid-Illinois and spreading eastward through the day. The best chances for stronger to severe storms will be focused along and south of I-72, where the Storm Prediction Center has indicated a MARGINAL RISK for severe weather.
Some lingering showers will be possible through early Friday morning, followed by quiet and slightly cooler weather into the start of the weekend. Look for partly to mostly cloudy skies over the weekend before the next weather maker moves into the state with more rain chances late Sunday and Monday.
Temperatures will be fairly stable and seasonable for late March and early April with highs generally in the vicinity of 60 degrees and lows in the 40s through early next week.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the upper 50s Tuesday; low to mid 60s Wednesday and Thursday; low 50s Friday; low 60s Saturday; and, mid 60s Sunday and Monday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid 40s Tuesday night; low 50s Wednesday night; mid 40s Thursday night; upper 30s Friday night; low 40s Saturday night; and, upper 40s Sunday night.
Joe Crain - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
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