TEMPERATURES TICK UPWARDS TOWARDS THANKSGIVING, BUT WITH THAT COMES A MUCH BETTER CHANCE OF RAIN RATHER THAN SNOW.
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - Pleasant late November conditions dominating all across central and eastern Illinois today. Once again in the mid 50s in Springfield and much improve over Champaign/Urbana/Danville where the snow is melting allow for some warmth to return out east with highs around 50 today. Tomorrow is near the same weather wise just a little warmer and a little more cloudy. Thanksgiving Day starts warm, but a cold front bring us rain and then cooler weather to finish out the extended weekend.
Rain chances Thursday start small and scattered but as the cold front approaches Thursday night, widespread rain moves into Illinois from northwest to southeast. This rain will be steady and moderate at times, but not so heavy that we'll see flooding concerns arise. About 1/2-1 1/2" of rain is forecasted. Black Friday will be less than pleasant for hardcore shoppers, as the rain lasts all the way into the morning hours before tappering off around midday. Temperatures fall from the low 60s on Thursday to upper 40s on Friday. The front that passes through Illinois Friday does stall out and depending on how any disturbances track along the front, that could lead to additional rain chances Saturday and Sunday. All the while, conditions should be too mild for snowfall.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 50s Wednesday; low 60s Thanksgiving Day; upper 40s Friday; mid 40s Saturday and Sunday; upper 40s Monday; and mid 40s Tuesday. Overnight lows will fall to the upper 30s Tuesday night; around 50 Wednesday night; upper 40s Thursday night; and, mid to upper 30s Friday through Monday night.
Thomas Patrick - Storm Team Meteorologist
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