WEATHER NOW: Sunny Thursday, But Still Looking at a Larger Weekend System


We didn’t see a lot of snow from this system, but it did come down at a fairly quick pace, resulting in a lot of accidents and slick roadways. We will now focus our attention to some cold conditions Thursday morning and our weekend system that is still giving us the chance of rain and snow.


Our skies will clear out tonight, allowing our temperatures to fall into the teens with single digit wind chills. Winds will be out of the northwest at 10 to 20 mph.


High pressure will be developing for Thursday and Friday and finally bringing some sunshine throughout central Illinois with seasonable temperatures in the low 30s. Winds will be light from the northwest only around 5-10 miles per hour.


If you like the forecast for Thursday you will love Friday as it’s looking to be the best of the seven day forecast before another winter system moves in over the weekend!

A large system will come through and bring a wintry mix to the area over the weekend. While it is too early to say just yet, we do anticipate some additional snow showers out of it. How much, remains the question thanks to a lot of model uncertainty. We will see some spots see more amounts of snow, but any rain will cut down on those amounts. We just have to see how all the latest information comes together.

Temperatures will warm into the upper 30s by this weekend when this system arrives.


The Drought Monitor still has an area of severe drought near Springfield and Decatur. While the weekend system does look to bring in some decent moisture, it likely won’t be enough to make a huge dent in anything.


Heading into the second week of February, temperatures look to be near normal with slightly higher amounts of precipitation.

– Meteorologist Jack Gerfen

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