WINTER STORM EXITING, BUT LEAVING FRIGID COLD BEHIND
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) -Our latest winter storm system continues to churn through the Tennessee River Valley heading towards the Mid-Atlantic states causing some wind-driven snow showers and snow flurries mainly over east central Illinois. Looking ahead, the biggest concern with be very stiff, blustery winds with gusts still around 30 to 35 mph at times through this evening. Expect some issues with blowing snow tonight and plummeting temperatures with overnight lows in the single numbers but wind chills and "feels like" temperatures easily dropping below zero. With the frigid temperatures, watch out for icy and slick roads and sidewalks if left untreated.
Sunday will feature mostly cloudy skies with a few snow flurries possible along with bitterly cold temperatures with afternoon highs struggling to reach the mid teens, and the winds making it feel even colder.
Most of next week will stay rather unsettled and unseasonably cold. Monday, for Martin Luther King Day, look for mostly cloudy skies with temperatures still running about 10 degrees below normal with highs in the mid 20s.
Then another weather disturbance could set off some rain or a wintry mix on Tuesday with some lingering light snow possible for Wednesday. Afternoon highs will briefly climb into the upper 30s and low 40s on Tuesday before falling back into the 20s again on Wednesday, and the rest of the week will be more of the same. Expect afternoon temperatures in the 20s and teens for the back half of the work week along with a chance for some snow flurries Thursday and Friday.
THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the low 30s Saturday, but falling throughout the day; mid teens Sunday; mid 20s on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; around 40 Tuesday; mid to upper 20s Wednesday and Thursday; and, mid teens Friday. Overnight lows will fall to 7 Saturday night; 5 Sunday night; low to mid 20s Monday and Tuesday night; and, low to mid teens Wednesday and Thursday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team 20 Chief Meteorologist
WEEKEND WINTER WEATHER CONTINUES
Winter Storm Warnings continue through Midnight(EST) for Benton, Warren, Fountain, Parke, Montgomery, Vermillion and Montgomery counties in Indiana counties in the FOX-IL27 viewing area.
Winter Weather Advisories continue through Midnight(CST)/1am(EST) for Coles, Edgar, Cumberland and Clark counties in Illinois along with Vigo (IN) in Indiana. Snow accumulation is still taking place with winds gusting to around 45 mph.
Champaign (WCCU)- Even though most of the accumulating snowfall has ended, the strong winds gusting to 30 to 40 mph will bring blowing and drifting of snow in the open areas of mid-Illinois and west central Indiana. The major hazard will be east-west roads. The NWS is recommending that you avoid travel especially in the rural areas but if you should choose to be out, you should allow more time to reach your destination. Areas to the south are seeing light precipitation in the form of freezing rain/sleet and snow through early Sunday morning.
For the rest of the weekend, we now face another winter weather situation which could be dangerous. The Arctic air mass we expected a few days ago is not expected to be quite as severe as indicated over the last few days, although we still expect some dangerous wind chills to fall to below zero. Overnight lows on Sunday will fall to around 10 with a high later in the day only reaching to the mid teens. Winds will still bring blowing and drifting of snow during the day, especially in the rural areas.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, it'll be cold start with lows falling to the single digits with wind chills falling to near -10. Highs later will begin to climb to more acceptable readings, near 20. On Tuesday, temperatures will climb even further to the upper 30s and with precipitation expected, it will come in the form of rain, possibly mixed with snow.
Wednesday will be colder behind Tuesday's weather system falling to the upper 20s, with partly sunny skies. For Thursday we'll be back under the clouds, upper 20s for highs, then temperatures fall later in the day into the mid teens as wind chills drop to near 0. Friday will be cloudy, colder with a high of only 18 with wind chills in the low single digits.
After that, the 6 to 10 day forecast is calling for temperatures to be much below average with near average precipitation. Indications are that we will see more bouts of wintry weather through much of next week as well.
Go to the Champaign Forecast Page for details.
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