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MONDAY: Cloudy and breezy with rain showers. High: 46. Winds: Southeast 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

MONDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with late night showers ending by daybreak. Low: 43. Winds: South 10-15 mph.

TUESDAY: Cloudy with falling afternoon temperatures. High: 45. Winds: Southwest 10-15 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

Almanac

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014

NORMAL HIGH:
36
NORMAL LOW:
21

RECORD HIGH:
60 (1994)
RECORD LOW:
-18 (1989)

SUNRISE:
7:17 a.m.
SUNSET:
4:38 p.m.

Winter arrived with little fanfare at 5:03 p.m. Sunday afternoon with the mark of the Winter Solstice, but will make its presence felt in the coming days with a major winter storm blasting parts of the U.S. -- just in time for Christmas holiday travel.

The potent winter storm will be tracking just to the north of Illinois and bring mainly rain chances to central Illinois Monday and early Tuesday. The storm drives a strong cold front through on Tuesday afternoon with falling temperatures and snow chances developing by late Tuesday night. Snow chances continue through at least midday Wednesday, along with increasingly strong northwest winds gusting up to 35 and 40 mph. Any snow accumulations will be minimal, but still enough to make roads slick and slippery for holiday travelers.

For those of you wishing for a White Christmas, you'll likely have to wait another year. Thursday's forecast offers partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures topping out in the upper 30's and lower 40's.

The remainder of the holiday weekend offers quiet and dry weather with colder temperatures Saturday and Sunday.

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

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist


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