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Weather Today

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with a mix of rain and snow. Snow accumulation up to an inch. High: 39. Winds: Southeast 10-15 mph.

Lingering snow into the evening. Low: 26. Winds: Northwest 5-10 mph.

Partly sunny and colder. High: 28. Winds: Northwest 10-15 mph.

Joe Crain

Storm Team 20 Meteorologist




RECORD HIGH: 71 (1894)
RECORD LOW:  2 (1898)

SUNRISE: 6:56 a.m.
SUNSET: 4:36 p.m.

Roads could be slick and slippery as you head over the hills and through the woods to Grandmothers' house for the big Thanksgiving feast!

A weak Clipper quickly slides through Illinois with wintry precipitation Wednesday. However, temperatures in the mid- to upper 30's will play a major factor into the type of precipitation we'll receive throughout the day. Temperatures will be just warm enough for some locations to get more precipitation in the way of rain or a rain and snow mix. Still other locations will be just cool enough to receive snow as opposed to mixed precipitation. Lingering light snow is still expected into Wednesday evening as temperatures turn colder. Forecast models are consistent with accumulations of an or less, but that's enough to make roads slick and slippery for holiday travelers on "Getaway Day".

A reinforcing shot of colder air follows the departing Clipper with temperatures only topping out near 30 degrees under a partly to mostly sunny sky Thanksgiving Day. Temperatures stay cold for early morning "Black Friday" bargain hunters with overnight temperatures falling to around 20 degrees early Friday morning. Temperatures will moderate to mid- 40's by Friday afternoon and well into the 50's Saturday and Sunday before another cold front slides through dry late Sunday with only a slight chance of rain Sunday and Sunday evening.

The extended outlook for early next has a brief drop in temperatures Monday and a return to more seasonable temperatures by mid-week.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid- to upper 30's  Wednesday; upper 20's Thanksgiving Day; mid- 40's Friday; mid- 50's Saturday and Sunday; upper 30's Monday; and, upper 40's Tuesday. Overnight lows will drop to the lower to mid- 20's Wednesday through Thursday night; mid- 30's Friday night; mid- 40's Saturday night; and, upper 20's Sunday and Monday night.

Joe Crain

Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

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