Sunday, February 21, 2016

Late Winter Chill Returns for the Upcoming Weekend

Even though the wind was incredibly strong Friday afternoon, high temperatures reached the upper 50's before cloud cover dropped temperatures back into the 40's for the remainder of the day.  Saturday was beautiful with nothing but sunshine and highs in the low to mid 50's.

The upcoming work week starts off with a fair amount of cloud cover, but seasonable temperatures.  High temperatures both Monday and Tuesday will be in the upper 30's and low 40's.  Not too terrible for this time of year.

All eyes will be watching a developing low pressure system in Texas on Tuesday.  This low is forecast to move through Arkansas, southern Illinois & Indiana and into Ohio by Wednesday night.  Right now, the low may be just too far to the East to bring any major snowfall to North-Central Illinois, but a shift to the Northwest could pull the accumulating snow band further west as well.  A track that we'll be watching closely the next few days. For more on that storm system, see the post below.

Behind that low, temperatures will take a tumble into the upcoming weekend.  A strong Canadian cold front will move through Friday night bringing temperatures that could drop ten to fifteen degrees below average for Saturday and Sunday.  But also, the possibility of below zero wind chills Saturday morning.  Highs both days may only stay in the middle 20's, with overnight lows falling into the single digits.  Thankfully the chill doesn't last.  Temperatures should warm back up as we enter into March.  Unfortunately it doesn't look like we'll see anything quite like what we had this past Saturday.

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