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

FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and cold. Breezy in the evening with widespread frost after Midnight. Low: 28. Winds: North 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

SATURDAY: Sunny. High: 48. Winds: North 5-10 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

Almanac

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014

NORMAL HIGH: 60
NORMAL LOW: 40

RECORD HIGH: 86 (1950)
RECORD LOW: 22 (1925)

SUNRISE: 7:26 a.m.
SUNSET: 5:58 p.m.

Temperatures are turning sharply colder the next few days, but will become more seasonable with increasing rain chances into the upcoming work week across central Illinois.

Early morning clouds Friday will give way to sunshine and strong, gusty winds up to 35 mph out of the north. That surge of much colder air will plunge temperatures about 15 degrees colder than normal into the start of the weekend. Friday's high temperature will only reach the mid- 40's.

Trick-or-Treaters will need to bundle up Friday night. Twilight temperatures will quickly fall to the upper 30's combined with gusty winds making it feel closer to 30 degrees when considering the wind chill factor in the early evening hours.

Temperatures will continue to fall into the overnight hours and eventually bottom out early Saturday morning to between 25 and 30 degrees. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a FREEZE WARNING from 9:00 a.m. Friday night through 9:00 a.m. Saturday in anticipation of the first widespread freeze of the season.

The weekend offers plenty of sunshine and increasing clouds Sunday with temperatures staying a bit colder with highs around 50 by Sunday. The extended outlook returns rain chances Monday and Tuesday with slightly warmer, more seasonable temperatures for the remainder of the week.

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 mid- 40's Friday; upper 40's Saturday; lower 50's Sunday; lower 60's Monday; and, mid- to upper 50's Tuesday through Thursday. Overnight lows will drop to the upper 20's Friday night; lower 30's Saturday night; around 40 Sunday night; near 50 Monday night; and, lower 40's Tuesday and Wednesday night.


Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist


 

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