Metro-East News

A break from rain Wednesday, snow possible Friday

The metro-east is expected to get a break for the next couple of days from rain that soaked the area Monday and Tuesday.

But winter weather could be in the forecast by Friday.

Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy Wednesday. Winds will blow from the southwest, gusting at up to 33 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The high will be 60. That’s seven degrees warmer than the average high temperature for this time of year, 53.

Conditions should help dry out soggy ground caused by waves of downpours that fell overnight. A total of 2.78 inches of rain fell Tuesday at Scott Air Force Base.

The precipitation caused a number of problems on area roads. According to Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr., a total of 46 car crashes were caused across the metro-east by the weather on Monday and Tuesday.

No life-threatening injuries were reported. The crashed were caused by hydroplaning and driving too fast for conditions.

Wednesday night, clouds will break up and the low temperature will drop to 39.

It will be sunny but much cooler Thursday when the high will reach 54. Thursday night, skies will be mostly clear and the low will drop to 34.

It will be partly sunny and 54 Friday. But weather could take a wintry turn later Friday and into the weekend.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain turning to snow Friday night with a low of 33.

On Saturday, the high will reach only 41 with a 20 percent chance of rain turning to snow. Saturday night the low will be 24 under mostly clear skies.

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