Short and long range video forecast. Look ahead to March and into Spring!
EVENING – TONIGHT: A mix of clouds and sun are in place across zones 6 and 7 this afternoon. That is thanks to a warm front that is in place to the south of the forecast region.
Overnight the warm front will start lift to the north through the forecast area. As it does I do expect clouds to thicken up more than what is occurring this afternoon.
Lows overnight will be in the upper 30’s to mid 40’s across the forecast area.
FRIDAY: An area of low pressure will move through the northern portions of the Great Lakes region Friday. As it does it will bring a weak cold front with it. By 7-8 AM Friday morning the front will be in place across western portions of Illinois. It does like isolated showers will be possible across both zones 6 and 7 by 7-8 AM.
By lunchtime of Friday isolated to widely scattered areas of rain will be possible across eastern zone 7 and zone 6.
Through the afternoon rain chances will decrease as the front moves through. By 5-6 PM only a very isolated chance at a light shower will be possible. Overall, I think there will be plenty of dry time across the forecast area on Friday.
The bigger stories on Friday will be the very strong winds and unseasonably warm air. With the low to the north and the cold front moving through the pressure gradient will tighten dramatically and winds will respond with gusts of 40-55 mph. Even a few models suggesting a few gusts up to 55-60 mph!
With the warm front lifting through the region temperatures on Friday will feel more like spring than late winter. Highs across the forecast zones will be in the upper 50’s northeast to near 70° south!
WEEKEND: A frontal boundary will be in place to the north Saturday with a low pressure system starting to come in from the southwest. While these will be in place, Saturday looks to be dry with increasing clouds from the west and south as the low gets closer.
Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 50’s to upper 60’s.
By late in the evening Saturday night rain will start to move into zones 6 and 7.
Rain chances will continue through the overnight into Sunday morning. While models are in good agreement with rain, exact locations and amounts still need fine-tuned.
Overnight precipitation is forecast to remain all rain as lows will only cool into the upper 30’s to upper 40’s.
Sunday we will start the morning with scattered areas of rain across the forecast zones.
However, by mid-day the majority of the rain looks to be out of Illinois with only a few showers left in very far southern zone 6, so the afternoon hours do look dry.
Highs on Sunday will remain mild with highs in the low 50’s to mid 60’s.
MONDAY: Monday looks to be a pretty calm day across zones 6 and 7 as an area of high pressure ridges in, at least briefly.
It will be a bit cooler with highs in the upper 30’s to upper 40’s.
LONG-RANGE: Beyond Monday there is a rather large storm system that looks to impact the eastern United States mid to late next week. While we have seen some of the models try to take snow as far west as western Ohio, the overall trend remains to keep the storm south and well east of the forecast area. However, with the way this winter has gone and long-range model performance being unreliable at best, we will watch this over the next few days for any new trends.
Mid next week an upper level trough looks to move southward and a return to a wintrier feel will move in. We will be on a northwest flow so we will have the potential for more clippers as well.
7 DAY FORECAST:
FRIDAY: MOSTLY SUNNY WEST TO MOSTLY CLOUDY EAST, UNSEASONABLY WARM, VERY WINDY. ISOLATED TO SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50’S TO LOW 70’S. SOUTHWEST WINDS AT 12-25 MPH, GUSTS OF 35-45 MPH POSSIBLE.
FRIDAY NIGHT: MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE UPPER 30’S TO UPPER 40’S.
SATURDAY: MOSTLY SUNNY, CLOUDS SOUTH & WEST. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50’S TO UPPER 60’S. WEST WINDS AT 6-12 MPH, GUSTING TO 20 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT: INCREASING CLOUDS, 30-40% CHANCE OF RAIN. LOWS IN THE UPPER 30’S TO MID 40’S.
SUNDAY: MOSTLY CLOUDY, RAIN ENDING. HIGHS IN THE LOW 50’S NORTH TO MID 60’S SOUTH. SOUTHWEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS AT 5-10 MPH, GUSTING TO 20 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY, COLDER. LOWS IN THE UPPER 20’S NORTH TO UPPER 30’S SOUTH.
MONDAY: PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 30’S TO UPPER 40’S. NORTHERLY WINDS AT 5-15 MPH.
MONDAY NIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH LOWS IN THE MID 20’S TO MID 30’S.
TUESDAY: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH HIGHS IN THE UPPER 30’S AND 40’S.
TUESDAY NIGHT: MOSTLY CLOUDY, SNOW EAST? LOWS IN THE 20’S.
WEDNESDAY: MOSTLY CLOUDY, SNOW POSSIBLE EAST? HIGHS IN THE 30’S.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: MOSTLY CLEAR WEST, CLOUDY WITH CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS FAR EAST. LOWS IN THE MID TEENS TO MID 20’S.
THURSDAY: CLOUDY WITH RAIN/SNOW POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE MID 30’S NORTH TO MID 40’S SOUTH
THURSDAY NIGHT: CLOUDY WITH SNOW POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE 20’S.