Soggy Thursday, cold and windy St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 4:51 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2023 at 6:26 AM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - Dry weather will continue through daybreak Thursday, before an incoming weather system brings widespread rain chances for the rest of the day. Off and on shower chances will begin by mid-morning and will persist through the afternoon. The heaviest period of rainfall is projected to occur this evening. Rain may briefly changeover to snow after midnight tonight, however accumulation and travel impacts are not expected. Wet weather is forecast to come to an end prior to the Friday morning commute. Rainfall totals will range from 0.5″-1″ across the 25 News Viewing Area.

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

The St. Patrick’s Day forecast is a cold and windy one, with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Northwest winds will gust up to 35 mph Friday morning and afternoon. The combination of gusty northwest winds and cold air temperatures will produce wind chills in the mid 20s. Plan ahead to make sure you stay warm if out and about celebrating at local St. Patrick’s Day events.

Cold and windy for St. Patrick's Day!
Cold and windy for St. Patrick's Day!(WEEK)
Very cold to open the weekend, but there will be a warming trend during the first week of Spring.
Very cold to open the weekend, but there will be a warming trend during the first week of Spring.(WEEK)

Even colder air will arrive for the start of the weekend, with highs in the 20s on Saturday. Early morning wind chills will dip into the low single digits Saturday morning. A few flurries will be possible early in the day. Temperatures will take a step upwards into the 30s for Sunday. Further warming is forecast for the first full week of Spring next week!