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FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 37. Winds: Southeast 10-15 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with light freezing rain possible during the evening becoming all rain overnight as temperatures warm above freezing after midnight. Low: 31. Winds: South 10-15 mph.

Mostly cloudy, breezy and warmer with a few scattered showers. High: 52. Winds: South 15-20 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist




RECORD HIGH: 75 (1913)
RECORD LOW: 6 (1880)

SUNRISE: 6:50 a.m.
SUNSET: 4:39 p.m.

The threat of freezing rain is quickly followed by much warmer temperatures as the weekend approaches across central Illinois.

Temperatures remain about 15 degrees colder than normal Friday under mostly sunny skies as a large area of Canadian high pressure shifts to east and southerly winds start to bring in warmer air and a return to more seasonable temperatures with highs back into the lower to mid- 50's over the weekend.

Precipitation chances also develop into the weekend with the initial precipitation likely to begin as freezing rain Friday evening. As rain falls through warmer air aloft and reaches the surface with temperatures just at or below freezing, the precipitation will freeze on contact with frozen surfaces. The National Weather Service has issued a "FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY" for locations along and north of I-72 from 6pm Friday to 1am Saturday morning with locations within the advisory area picking up to a tenth of an inch of icy accumulation that will make roads slick and travel difficult. However, the period of freezing rain should be short-lived as temperatures begin rising after Midnight with precipitation changing to all-rain for the remainder of the weekend.

Rain showers are expected throughout the weekend, especially Saturday night and Sunday when some heavier rains are possible with up to an inch of rainfall.

While there's still a chance of some lingering rain Monday, the extended forecast begins to dry out with quiet, but colder weather as temperatures once again retreat with highs only in the 30's Monday through the start of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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

Joe Crain

Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

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