Rain returns tonight, chance for a wintry mix Saturday

Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 5:20 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2023 at 6:18 AM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - Friday morning begins with dry weather and temperatures in the 30s across central Illinois. Afternoon high temperatures will top out near 50° for most of the area. The dry trend will continue into the start of the afternoon, before an incoming storm system signals rain chances from late afternoon onward. Widespread rain is forecast for this evening and will persist through the overnight hours. Rainfall totals will run between a half inch to one inch.

Hour-by-Hour Friday Rain Chances.
Hour-by-Hour Friday Rain Chances.(WEEK)
Future Rainfall through 9 AM Saturday.
Future Rainfall through 9 AM Saturday.(WEEK)

Rain is expected to transition over to snow early Saturday morning, though only minor accumulations are expected. Much of the area will see little to nothing in terms of accumulations, with a dusting or so possible on grassy/elevated surfaces. The best chance for up to an inch of snow accumulation will be for those living closer to I-80. Road temperatures will remain above freezing Saturday morning, so major travel impacts are not expected. That said, a few slick spots cannot be ruled out.

Snowfall Forecast - Updated 4 AM Friday.
Snowfall Forecast - Updated 4 AM Friday.(WEEK)
Feeling a little more like Spring by end of the weekend!
Feeling a little more like Spring by end of the weekend!(WEEK)

Skies will begin to clear Saturday afternoon, with a much improved second half of the weekend on deck. Highs will climb into the low 50s on Sunday. Dry weather will continue into the first few days of next week, with highs remaining in the 50s. The extended forecast features a warming trend towards the low 60s, with rain chances for the end of next week.