Cloudy. Chance of snow or sleet in the evening... then a chance of light freezing rain or sleet after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. Temperature steady or slowly rising after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Rain...possibly mixed with freezing rain in the morning...then rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
Rain likely in the evening...then snow likely after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
Colder. Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs in the mid 20s. Temperature falling into the teens in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night and Thursday
Partly cloudy. Lows around 5. Highs in the lower 20s.
Thursday Night and Friday
Not as cool. Mostly clear. Lows around 12. Highs in the mid 30s.
... Snow accumulations likely Saturday night into Sunday...
Snow will spread northeast across central and southeast Illinois during Saturday evening and continue into Sunday. The snow will mix with or change to rain in southeast Illinois Sunday afternoon as temperatures climb into the middle 30s. Current indications suggest the potential for 4 to 6 inches of snow in areas north of I-70... with the heaviest snow band in the vicinity of I-72. Between 1 and 3 inches of snow is possible from I-70 south with most of this snow expected to fall Saturday night into Sunday morning. Winds will generally be near 10 mph or less during this time period so this will limit the amount of blowing and drifting snow.
If you have travel plans across the Midwest Saturday night and Sunday... check with later forecasts as additional changes to the track of the storm are possible... which will lead to adjustments to snow totals and precipitation types.
Statement as of 9:30 PM CST on February 27, 2015
... Record low temperature set at Springfield this morning...
A record low temperature of -14 degrees was set at Springfield IL around dawn this morning. This breaks the old record for Feb 27 of -3 set in 1888 and 1934. The normal low temperature for this date is 26 degrees. Temperature records in Springfield IL date back to 1879.
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