SEVERE STORM THREAT LOOMS FOR PARTS OF MID-ILLINOIS ON FRIDAY
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - Spring-like weather continues through the end of the week, including the threat of spring-like storm chances that could turn severe.
Thursday starts off much like Wednesday with another round of dense fog for the morning commute. Use extra caution on the roads Thursday morning, as visibility will be reduced to a 1/4 mile or less through about 10am. Look for a mix of sun and clouds with mild temperatures Thursday afternoon. However, a shower or storm can't be ruled out late afternoon and into Thursday evening with a warm front lifting off to the north.
Better storm chances develop on Friday with a strong cold -- coupled with some vigorous upper level disturbances -- that's expected to trigger more scattered showers and storms will develop. Some storms could turn severe by late Friday afternoon with the primary concern being strong damaging winds. The most likely area for severe storms will be over east central Illinois -- east of US-51, along the I-57 corridor and toward the Indiana state line.
As the storm chances wind down, much colder air will start to pour into central Illinois with temperatures dropping quickly. There's even the chance for some wrap around moisture to trigger some stray snow showers and snow flurries early Saturday morning for locations along the I-74 corridor as the storm system lifts up into Canada. Friday's highs will top out in the mid 60s, but will struggle to the upper 30s on Saturday.
The cold snap won't last long as temperatures moderate back to the 40s Sunday and warm back to the mid 60s by Tuesday, along with chances for more scattered showers early in the week.
Be sure to "LIKE" Cheryl Lemke, Joe Crain and Thomas Patrick on Facebook and "FOLLOW" them on Twitter for the latest winter weather forecast for central Illinois.
THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid to upper 60s Thursday and Friday; upper 30s Saturday; mid 40s Sunday; low 50s Monday; mid 60s Tuesday; and, low 50s Wednesday. Overnight lows will fall to the upper 50s Thursday night; upper 20s Friday night; mid 20s Saturday night; low 30s Sunday night; and, mid 40s Monday and Tuesday night.
Joe Crain - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
Today's Record Temperatures