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Rain, snow could dust Central Illinois overnight. Here's what to expect.
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Rain, snow could dust Central Illinois overnight. Here's what to expect.


DECATUR — Central Illinois is experiencing weather common for the season, but the rest of the week is expected to get colder.

According to the Illinois National Weather Service in Lincoln, Thursday morning could see a chance of rain before 4 a.m. "Then a chance of rain and snow," the website stated.

Meteorologist James Auten predicts the chances of precipitation are small. "You may not getting anything, but you might see some flakes," he said. "It may accumulate on grassy areas, but not for long. It should have a minimal impact."

The rest of the Thursday will be cloudy, with a low around 32 degrees. Winds are forecast to be from the north at 12 to 17 mph in the evening with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent, according to the weather service website.

The opportunity of rain and snow will continue on into Thursday morning with a slight chance of rain before noon.

According to Auten, most of Central Illinois will not experience many problems. "The ground is still warm enough to melt it," he said about the possibility of snow. Most of precipitation will be south in Effingham County.

The skies are predicted to clear throughout the rest of Thursday, with a high near 38 and northwest winds at 10 to 15 mph and gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

The week will end with partly sunny skies, a high near 34 degrees and calm winds.

"The cold air is coming in sooner than what most people expect," Auten said. "It's not really unseasonable, but it may be a little early."


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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR


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