UNSEASONABLY MILD WITH WET WEATHER RETURNING OVER THE WEEKEND
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - A warm January weekend will give central Illinois several chances for rain as a developing mid-latitude cyclone strengthens into the Midwest and Great Lakes. Our area is solidly in the warm sector of this weather maker, so rain is the main precipitation type until the very tail end of the system on Monday evening. Here is the breakdown of every weather factor between Saturday and Monday...
TEMPERATURES: Temps stay above the freezing mark between now until early Tuesday morning. That promotes all rainfall during this event until Tuesday morning. Highs will be in the mid- 50s both Sunday and Monday, but after the cold front pass through Monday, temperatures will drop from 55° at around 2pm to 31° at 8am Tuesday.
RAIN/THUNDER: Rain chances begin after 8pm Saturday continue through the entire day Sunday and Monday. Any rainfall Saturday night and Sunday day-time will be light and shouldn't be too much of a nuisance. The heavy rainfall is forecasted mainly between 12am and 7am Monday morning. Thunderstorms are possible with the heavy rainfall. Rain totals for the event look to be largely between ½-1".
FOG: Between and light rainfall Saturday night and Sunday and the melting snow cover in the area, patchy or areas of dense fog is likely between Saturday evening and the AM hours Sunday.
WINDS: Southerly winds Saturday and Sunday afternoon will top out around 15 mph. Then as the cold front approaches Illinois Sunday night, winds increase to the 15 to 25 mph range. As the cold front passes the area Monday, winds shift from the south to the west and will accelerate up to 35 mph Monday afternoon and Monday evening. Winds will finally calm down late Tuesday.
SNOW: At the tail end of the weather system, some cold wrap around precipitation in the form of snow or a rain/snow mix will pass by or near central Illinois between 6pm Monday and 6am Tuesday. Models don't indicate anything more than .2" of snow, which will be hard pressed to stick to the ground anyway due to the warmth over the weekend. Heavy snow and Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The highest snowfall totals up to 18" is possible in southern Minnesota.
Beyond this weather event, temperatures stay above average, with the coldest day Tuesday still in the upper 30s, and 50s returning to the forecast by next Friday.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 50s Sunday and Monday; upper 30s Tuesday; low 40s Wednesday; upper 40s Thursday; mid 50s Friday; and upper 40s Saturday. Overnight lows will fall to around 40 Saturday night; upper 40s Sunday night; low 30s Monday night; mid 20s Tuesday and Wednesday night; and mid to upper 30s Thursday and Friday night.
Thomas Patrick - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
MILDER BUT SLOPPY CONDITIONS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEKEND
Champaign (WCCU)- Our January thaw will take us through the weekend with a number of different weather scenarios which will affect your weekend activities for sure. Expect the development of fog through the rest of the weekend along with drizzle and rain showers. Don't forget, this weekend with the prospects of fog, drizzle, rain, and clouds to keep your headlights and taillights on so other drivers can see you!
Rain showers will become more likely later Sunday as a frontal boundary drops into the region. Highs on Sunday will reach to the upper 40s with even some 50s being predicted just to our west. Rain showers will remain with us through the day Monday as well before the front passes to our south. Expect highs on Monday to reach to near 50 before falling off through the afternoon as cooler air filters into east-central Illinois.
Early Tuesday morning we'll be once again below freezing with lows in the lower 30s. Highs on Tuesday under partly cloudy skies will be in the mid-30s. The mid-week will see highs in the mid-30s with partly cloudy skies, and by Thursday, more sunshine is expected as highs reach to the low 40s. Next week will end with mostly sunny skies on Friday along with highs near 50. Rain returns to take us into next weekend with highs on Saturday in the mid-40s.
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