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Happy Thanksgiving



This forecast update covers far southern Illinois, far southeast Missouri, and far western Kentucky. See the coverage map on the right side of the blog.

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Thursday – Mostly cloudy at times – becoming partly sunny.  Cold.  High temperatures won’t get out of the 30’s.  Northwest winds at 10 – 15 mph.

Thursday night – Mostly clear and cold.  Low temperatures in the middle 20’s.  North winds at 10 mph.

Friday – Some clouds to deal with.  Still cool.  High temperatures in the 40’s.  Southeast winds at 10-15 mph.  Gusty at times.

Friday night – Partly cloudy sky conditions.  Not quite as cold as recent nights.  Low temperatures in the lower 40’s  South winds at 10 mph.

Saturday – Becoming clouds.  Scattered light rain or sprinkles possible.  High temperatures in the middle to upper 50’s.  South winds at 10-15 mph.

Current Temperatures


An explanation of what is happening in the atmosphere over the coming days.

Short and sweet…

Calm weather today through Friday.  Cold temperatures, but no precipitation to deal with.

Some morning flurries over southern IL and northwest KY (today).  Again, some black ice or patchy slick spots in areas that had snow yesterday.  This should clear up as the sun pokes through the clouds today.

The atmosphere does warm up a bit this coming weekend and that may mean clouds and light rain chances by Saturday night into Sunday.

I am watching a strong cold front that will bring colder air back into the region by Monday or Tuesday.



No major changes.


No concerns!


The Wild Card gives you an idea of what might change that would cause the forecast to bust. A busted forecast means a forecast that does not verify. For example, if a winter storm (the area of low pressure) shifts its track 50 miles further south than expected, then that could cause a dramatic change in how much snow might or might not accumulate.

Wild card in this forecast – No wild card today.  Enjoy the holiday.



Will I need to take action?

No.  A few patches of black ice this morning.  Mainly in area that had light snow overnight.



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No snow or ice through Sunday.  I am watching the overall pattern as we push into Monday and Tuesday.   We might be in for a bit of a roller-caster when it comes to temperatures and maybe precipitation.  Stay tuned as we push further into the weekend and next week.

Watch out this morning for patchy black ice.  Some light snow and flurries fell overnight in the area.  This was mainly over southern IL and northwest KY


Some indications that we will enter a more active pattern as we push into Sunday and through next week.  We might be in for a bit of a roller-caster ride when it comes to temperatures and even precipitation.

We will warm up some this weekend.  A strong cold front may sweep through the area on Monday.  This will need to be watch.  If we end up with rain then it could change to a wintry mix as the cold air moves in.  Very low confidence in how the Monday and Tuesday time frame unfolds.


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