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Weather Today

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 15. Morning wind chills -10 to -20. Winds: Northwest 5-10 mph.

Mostly clear. Low: 1. Winds: Light.

SATURDAY: Increasing clouds. Snow beginning after dark. High: 25. Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph.

Thomas Patrick
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist




RECORD HIGH: 72 (1976)
-3 (1934)

6:35 a.m.
5:48 p.m.

We start this Friday out extremely cold with air temperatures near record lows, and wind chills down to 20 below zero, but it's not the only very cold in our forecast, plus we have several chances for wintry weather.

Air temperatures are below zero for some communities, and with wind chill near 15 to 20 below, a Wind Chill Advisory will remain in effect until 10am this morning for Cass, De Witt, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Scott, Sangamon, and Piatt counties. 

Temperatures remain cold into this weekend, and while the arctic high pressure protects us from snow chances today, it will not this weekend. A cut off low spinning over California will send piece of energy towards the midwest over the next week, one such piece will head straight for central Illinois Saturday night into Sunday. Temperatures look to be cold enough for an all-snow event north of I-72, and with ample moisture, will be able to lay down several inches of snow during that time. Current indications are for 3-6" of snow I-72 and north as well as locations west of Springfield, with 2-4" a more likely solution to the southeast, perhaps with some rain mixing in Sunday. We'll watch the track of this developing system to see if any adjustment need to be made to the forecast.

The second piece of energy heads our way Monday night into Tuesday. This one will track significantly farther to the north, and as a result will be warmer. Little snow is possible this time around, but freezing rain could be a possibility in the Monday evening, early Tuesday hours. But as temperatures warm into the 40s, any wintry precipitation will change over to rain during the day. Same forecast concerns here, a change in track will result in a change in the forecast.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid teens Friday; mid 20s Saturday; low 30s Sunday and Monday; low 40 Tuesday; upper 20s Wednesday; and, mid 20s Thursday. Overnight lows will fall to 1 Friday night; lower 20s Saturday night; upper teens Sunday night; upper 20s Monday night, mid 20s and Tuesday night; and, around 10 Wednesday night.

Thomas Patrick
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

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