For Spring lovers across Central Illinois, it's going to be a long 7-10 days...
Thanks to fresh snow on Easter, several locations across Central Illinois either tied or broke all-time record low temperatures for the Month of April when their temperatures fell in the lower teens and single digits on Monday morning. Macomb and Lincoln even saw their temperatures drop below zero. Temperatures were able to bounce back in to the 40s on Monday and Tuesday, but the temperatures were still well below average.
A strong polar low will continue to swirl in eastern Canada sending waves of cold and snow through Central Illinois over the next several days. The next wave will move through on Thursday night and Friday bringing the potential of light snow and colder temperatures to the region. High temperatures on Friday may struggle to reach the mid-30s in Peoria, nearly 25° below average!
The cold temperatures are expected to persist through the weekend and in to early next week. Models are also pointing to the development of a storm system east of the Rockies that may bring accumulating snow back to Central Illinois on Sunday and Monday. While winter appears to be tightening its grip this week that grip may loosen up towards the end of next week. Long range model projections are signaling a pattern change that could allow temperatures to climb in to the 60s, at least for a few days.