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Spring rain and thunderstorms

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Tuesday was the warmest day of the year to date in Peoria, with an observed high temperature of 80°. It's not quite that warm this morning, but it is still mild with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. Afternoon high temperatures reach the mid to upper 70s today.

Active weather returns later today, with two rounds of rain and thunderstorms possible. The first round will feature the chance for scattered showers late this morning and into the early afternoon, with perhaps a few rumbles of thunder mixed in.

Overall, much of the area is expected to feature a fair amount dry time throughout the day with an increasing cloud trend through the afternoon.

The second round of potential rain and thunderstorms will arrive after 7 PM this evening. The storms may be strong and gusty at times, however the threat for any severe weather is expected to stay to the southwest of the viewing area.

Rain and thunderstorms will continue overnight ahead of a passing cold front. The large weather system that is responsible for the storm chance will gradually depart the area tomorrow. As a result, expect a cloudy, cooler, and showery day as moisture wraps around the backside of the storm system.

Dry weather wins out Friday with highs in the mid 60s. Another round of Spring showers is on tap for the start of the weekend.

The extended forecast features below average temperatures for much of next week.

Joe Strus

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