From the National Weather Service:
A POWERFUL SPRING-LIKE STORM SYSTEM WILL PUSH INTO THE PLAINS LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY BRINGING THE THREAT FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS TO PARTS OF CENTRAL...EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS. A WARM FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS ILLINOIS WEDNESDAY NIGHTWITH OCCASIONAL THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.NO SEVERE WEATHER IS ANTICIPATED WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
AS THE COLD FRONT SWEEPS JUST EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON...THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA. PRESENT INDICATIONS SUGGEST THE PRIMARY THREAT WILL BE FROM DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. HOWEVER...DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF STRONG LOW LEVEL WINDS...A FEW TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY WITH ANY ISOLATED STORMS THAT DEVELOP AHEAD OF THE MAIN LINE OF STORMS THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
And as long as we are talking weather…
Have you noticed here, on October 16th, there is still very little color in the leaves except green? And 98% of the leaves are still on the trees.
The average first day with a temperature at or below freezing in Springfield is October 13th. That hasn’t happened yet and the 10 day forecast (taking us to 10/25) doesn’t have any temperatures lower then the 40s. I wonder if there’s ever been an October around here without a freezing temperature.