Significant Weather Observer Program

 WEEKLY WEATHER DISCUSSION

written: 4/16/14 

Here is the latest U.S. Hazards Outlook issued by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC): http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/threats/hazards_d3_7_contours.png

After the recent cold snap that brought freezing temperatures and snow to parts of central Illinois this past Monday, the weather is going to turn decidedly warmer over the next week.  A zonal upper-level flow pattern will initially be in place through the upcoming weekend, but after that, a ridge of high pressure is expected to build over the central and eastern U.S.  This will result in temperatures climbing above normal into the 70s next week.  In the meantime, a couple of weak weather systems will impact the region.  The first will bring a few showers Thursday night into Friday morning.  The second will arrive early next week, potentially bringing showers on Easter Sunday.  Recent computer model trends have slowed this second system, so Easter will likely remain dry.  The best rain chances will hold off until Sunday night into Monday, followed by a return to warm and dry weather for Tuesday into Wednesday.  After that, the next storm system likely will not impact the region until the end of next week.    

NOTE: This weather discussion will be updated weekly (usually on Wednesday or Thursday) 

 


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