It's hard to imagine rain when you look outside right now and see your thermometer registering zero or barely above, but that's exactly what's possible in both Missouri and Illinois next week based on a new forecast.

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As of this writing, it's barely zero outside. But, that appears likely to change soon based on an extended outlook from the National Weather Service and also the most recent prediction from The Weather Channel.

How can Missouri and Illinois have rain when it's WAY below freezing now?

NOAA's 8 to 14 day outlook explains what's about to happen. Both Missouri and Illinois are in the area most likely to have temperatures above normal. Yes, that's a big change from now.

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Missouri and Illinois are also both in what NOAA says is an area that will be on the receiving end of precipitation (the non-freezing type).

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That's why The Weather Channel is predicting rain and not snow for the week of January 22, 2024.

Infographic, The Weather Channel
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I don't know about you, but a temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit will feel like summer. Get out the tank tops, shorts and flip flops.

There is a slight chance of snow showers weekend after next so perhaps the brief "warm up' won't last long, but we'll take whatever warmth we can get. Bring it on.

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