Tracking warmer temperatures and upcoming rain chances

Published: Mar. 14, 2023 at 4:52 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 14, 2023 at 5:33 AM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - It’s another cold start out the door this morning, with sub-freezing temperatures across central Illinois. The good news is that drier air is moving in from the northwest, which means that we expect much more in the way of sunshine today! Temperatures will climb into the low 40s for afternoon highs, which will be roughly 8°-10° below average for this time of the year.

Hour-by-Hour Tuesday Forecast.
Hour-by-Hour Tuesday Forecast.(WEEK)

Winds will shift from out of the northwest to out of the south overnight. The southerly shift in the winds will result in the arrival of warmer air for Wednesday. Temperatures are projected to climb into the mid 50s tomorrow afternoon, under partly cloudy skies. The mild air will remain in place for Thursday, however the weather will look much different. Plan ahead for likely rain chances through the second half of Thursday.

Future Radar valid at 3 PM Friday.
Future Radar valid at 3 PM Friday.(WEEK)
Rain is likely for Friday, followed by a cold and windy St. Patrick's Day.
Rain is likely for Friday, followed by a cold and windy St. Patrick's Day.(WEEK)

The latest forecast data suggests that rain chances will exit the region shortly after daybreak Friday, which would mean dry weather for various St. Patrick’s Day events across our portion of central Illinois. That said, those planning to celebrate outdoors should plan for a cold and windy day. Friday highs will be in the upper 30s, with northwest winds projected to gust up to 40 mph. Temperatures will remain well below average this weekend, with highs in the 30s.