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Weather Today

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a spotty showers in the afternoon. High: 57. Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a stray shower in the evening. Winds become rather gusty after Midnight. Low: 41. Winds: North 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and colder. High: 44. Winds: North 20-25 mph, gusting to 35 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist




RECORD HIGH: 89 (1950)
RECORD LOW: 13 (1925)

SUNRISE: 7:25 a.m.
SUNSET: 5:59 p.m.

The big swing in temperatures continues heading into the weekend -- including the first hard freeze of the season.

Clouds will be increasing throughout the day Thursday as a passing disturbance tracks through the region and could squeeze out some spotty hit-or-miss showers or at least a few sprinkles. A second disturbance moving across the Great Lakes will spread strong gusty winds up to 35 mph into the Midwest Friday and help bring in much colder air that will have temperatures struggling to reach the mid- to upper 40's both Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Trick-or-Treaters will need to bundle up Friday night with twilight temperatures falling to the upper 30's and lower 40's combined with gusty winds making it feel closer to 30 degrees when considering the wind chill factor in the early evening hours. Overnight lows will eventually plummet to the upper 20's and lower 30's with the first widespread freeze happening Friday night and early Saturday morning with the much the same expected again late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The extended outlook returns rain chances Monday and Tuesday with slightly warmer, more seasonable temperatures into early next week. Current forecast models are showing a mix of potential outcomes early next week with the eventual forecast, although there are hints the upcoming weather maker could stall out in the vicinity of central Illinois and keep rain chances going beyond Tuesday.

The times they are a changin'. So goes the classic folk song from Bob Dylan, but also a reminder of the end of Daylight Saving Time this weekend. Be sure to set your clock back one hour before going to bed Saturday night, as Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Remember, it's "Spring Forward" and "Fall Back" when it's time to change the clocks!

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the upper 50's Thursday; mid- to upper 40's Friday through Sunday; lower 60's Monday; and, mid- to upper 50's Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight lows will drop to the lower 40's Thursday night; upper 20's and lower 30's Friday and Saturday night; around 40 Sunday night; near 50 Monday night; and, lower 40's Tuesday night.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

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