Warmer air made its way into the Tri-States Thursday with highs that were actually above zero warming hearts all across the viewing area!
Some scattered snow flurries will be possible Thursday night for the area with warmer overnight lows ranging from 6 degrees above zero in Fort Madison to the teens in Hannibal.
Expect plenty of clouds generally with lows near 10 degrees to the low to mid teens in and around Quincy tonight.
On Friday, we will have even warmer air on tap as highs reach to right about freezing at 32 degrees or so in the viewing area!
Partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast as well so a nice way to wind down the work week!
Later Friday night there will be some drizzle and patchy fog and clouds otherwise as a warm front pushes north through the area.
Temperatures should be above freezing in the central and south viewing areas so wintry precip should not be an issue.
However, for the north viewing counties enough freezing cold air might remain at the surface for a time with locations like Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Macomb possibly seeing some freezing drizzle late Friday night into Saturday morning.
If that takes place that weather could certainly result in some travel impacts so keep that in mind.
The rest of Saturday will be mild with 40s to near 50 degrees for the highs for the day with some areas of fog and with clouds otherwise and even some drizzle continuing to be possible.
Warmer 50s should arrive on Sunday with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Some south areas could hit afternoon highs near 60 degrees!
50s are expected early on Monday with some rain chances and windy times followed by falling temperatures as a cold front or two plow across the area.
A wintry mix is possible at times Tuesday and Wednesday. More Arctic air arrives Wednesday night lasting through Thursday night.
Watch WGEM News Today with Meteorologist Jeremy Ledford starting at 5 AM Friday for the latest forecast data as we all get set for the weekend warm-up!
~ Mike Cole, WGEM Chief Meteorologist