Snow. Snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Near steady temperature in the upper 20s. Light southeast winds. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
Snow...possibly mixed with rain and freezing rain in the morning...then rain or snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Total accumulation 2 to 5 inches. Highs in the mid 30s. Light southwest winds. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Chance of light freezing rain or sleet in the evening...then a chance of rain or freezing rain after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Temperature steady or slowly rising after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Not as cool. Showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
Rain likely. Lows around 30. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
Colder. Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain or snow in the morning...then a chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Colder. Mostly cloudy. Lows around 8.
Colder. Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 20s.
Thursday Night and Friday
Not as cool. Mostly clear. Lows around 12. Highs in the upper 30s.
... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Sunday...
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and light icing remains in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Sunday.
* Timing... light snow will begin spreading into southeast Illinois by early evening... but the main period of snow will be tonight into Sunday morning. There may be some freezing rain for a period Sunday morning.
* Accumulations... snow accumulations are expected to range from 4-6 inches along Interstate 70... to 2 to 4 inches from Flora to Lawrenceville. Some minor ice accumulation is also possible Sunday morning.
* Wind... speeds are expected to range from 5 to 10 mph through the period... thus blowing and drifting snow are not expected to be a problem.
* Impacts... roads will quickly become snow covered and slippery this evening through Sunday morning. Visibility will be reduced to less than a mile in the heavier snow tonight and early Sunday morning.
A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow and freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.
Statement as of 1:45 am CST on February 28, 2015
... Record low temperature and record cold high temperature set at Springfield yesterday...
A record low temperature of -14 degrees was set at Springfield on Friday. This broke the old record of -3 set in 1888 and 1934... and was the coldest temperature observed in Springfield in 11 years... since a -14 degree low occurred on January 30-31 of 2004. It is also the coldest temperature ever observed so late in the season.
In addition... the high temperature was only 13 degrees. This also broke a record for the coldest high temperature for the date. The old record of 14 degrees was set in 1888.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 9:52 am CST on February 28, 2014
... A look ahead at March climatological data...
Normals are for the period 1981-2010.
... Temperatures... Springfield Peoria normal high/low 52/32 50/31 Mar 1 normals 45/27 43/26 Mar 31 normals 59/37 57/36
Month record high 91 on 3/21/1907 87 on 3/21/1907 month record low -12 on 3/05/1960 -11 on 3/08/1943
Normal occurrences of... highs 90 or above 0 0 highs 32 or below 2 2 lows 32 or below 16 17 lows 0 or below 0 0
... Precipitation... normal liquid equivalent 2.63 2.80 greatest month total 9.65 in 1898 7.49 in 2009 least month total 0.17 in 1885 0.25 in 1856 greatest 24-hour 3.25 on 3/31/1933 2.88 on 3/14/1944
Normal snowfall 2.5 2.7 greatest month total 23.4 in 1906 18.2 in 1926 least month total 0.0 in 1987# 0.0 in many years greatest 24-hour 17.4 on 3/24-25/2013 8.1 on 3/25/1957
... Degree days /base 65/... normal heating 711 756 normal cooling 2 1
Climatological outlook for the new month:
temperature ---- higher chances of below normal precipitation -- equal chances of above or below normal
# - last of several occurrences
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