Mild Wednesday, followed by a rainy, windy, and colder end to the week

Published: Mar. 15, 2023 at 5:04 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2023 at 6:33 AM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - It’s another cold start to the day across central Illinois, with sub-freezing temperatures in place. You’ll want a few extra layers as you head out the door. The good news is that sunshine and breezy winds out of the south will warm temperatures above normal, into the mid 50s this afternoon! Morning sunshine will give way to increasing clouds later this afternoon. Get outside and enjoy the “pick of the week” weather wise!

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

Mild temperatures will stick around for Thursday, however the weather outside will look much different. Widespread rain is forecast to move into central Illinois Thursday morning, with off and on chances persisting through much of the day. Rain showers will continue overnight and should exit the area around daybreak Friday. A few snowflakes may mix in Friday morning, however no accumulation is expected. Rainfall amounts up to a half inch are projected across the area.

Future Radar valid at 8 PM Thursday.
Future Radar valid at 8 PM Thursday.(WEEK)

Dry weather is expected for most of St. Patrick’s Day, however it will be a cold and windy day with highs in the 30s. Northwest gusts will reach speeds near 40 mph during the morning and afternoon. Those attending outdoor St. Patrick’s Day events should plan for feels like temperatures in the low to mid 20s throughout the day. Bundle up!

Wet weather and colder temperatures on the way for the weekend.
Wet weather and colder temperatures on the way for the weekend.(WEEK)

Colder air will continue into the weekend, with highs in the upper 20s on Saturday and then into the upper 30s on Sunday. Mild air returns in the extended forecast.