Grab it, hold it and bottle it if you can, because our streak of warm and mainly sunny days is about to come to an end.
While most of our forecast for Friday mirrors what we saw on Thursday there should be some subtle differences. Let's talk sky conditions first. Upper level cirrus clouds will be prevalent once again, especially in the afternoon. Eventually we'll make way for increasing clouds ahead of a wet weather maker expected in here this weekend.
We'll keep a southerly flow in place during the day Friday as an upper level ridge moves to our east. South winds at 10-20 mph will also continue to blow across the region. With more cloud cover expected Friday afternoon we'll call for highs in the upper 70s to near 80. That's a few degrees cooler then the record high we saw Thursday.
Now let's focus on the holiday weekend when we expect an upper level system to move through the area. An upper level trough is expected to push a cold front through northern Illinois, bringing showers and thunderstorms on Saturday. The bulk of the wet weather is forecast to come during the first half of the day.
Easter Sunday should be dry for the most part as the cold front exits to the east. It will probably still be breezy, but warmer Sunday afternoon. There is a small chance for a few isolated showers Sunday evening. A better chance for rain comes Monday as we watch for a series of cold fronts to move through the area next week.
You can learn more about the forecast by viewing the slideshow.