The calm before the storm. That's exactly what we're seeing this morning. Most of you will notice cloudy, but dry conditions across the Tri-State for the beginning of the day. Temperatures are pretty mild for this time of year - mainly low to mid 30s with a breeze out of the southeast.
However, this afternoon looks to be quite miserable. Light rain showers are already starting to pick up in our southern Illinois communities. Rain will gradually push over to Evansville late morning into the early afternoon. It's around that time that we'll begin to notice our winds strengthening; sustained winds are expected to range between 15 mph and 30 mph throughout the day ahead, but wind gusts could top out near 45 mph or 50 mph late afternoon. In addition to the driving rain and blustery conditions, temperatures aren't expected to climb much higher than the mid 40s.
By the time it's all said and done, the Tri-State is expected to receive close to 0.50" of rain.
Following the passage of the cold front, there may be some small chances of snow flurries and sleet. However, all of the precipition is expected to wrap up around 8:00 PM. We'll be waking up to blustery and cloudy conditions Friday morning. Overnight lows are expected to dip down to the mid 20s, but with the wind chill it could feel like the lower teens.