(9:30PM - 12/25/19) After an early start to winter, with back to back snow storms and record cold at the end of October into early November...Winter has generally been on hiatus for the most part since then. The pattern has generally been mild and relatively snow-less, and this is now extending through the Christmas holiday.
This Christmas featured rare, unusual and record breaking mild temperatures across the state. High temperatures Christmas Eve ranged from the low 50's to low 60's across the state. High temperatures Christmas Day ranged from the upper 50's to upper 60's across the state. Thursday, Dec 26th will continue the mild theme, with high temperatures in the 50's and 60's across the state once again. A cold front expected to sweep across the state Thursday evening and night will briefly bring to and end the extremely mild temperatures, before returning for a day on Saturday. This period of mild temperatures has occurred across not only Illinois, but much of the region as well. Additionally, outside of some remaining snow across portions of South/Central Illinois, a white Christmas did not occur across the state, or much of the region for that matter.
Below is a list of select cities, with actual/record high/lows for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day...and forecast/record high/lows for Thursday Dec 26th. Several records have already been tied or broken, with several more in jeopardy.
(Broken/tied records in bold/italics)