(OLNEY/NEWTON) As the ridge of high pressure that currently expands from the Ohio River Valley down to the Texas Panhandle continues to move eastward today, our downstate Illinois area will finally benefit from a southerly wind flow and get some warmer air moving up from the south. While today will be dry with plenty of sunshine, a few afternoon clouds will mix in, and our south/southwest wind will be stronger than normal. We’ll have much the same tomorrow, although Thursday will be warmer. On Friday, more clouds move in, but we should stay dry until our next round of rain chances begin Friday night, which will include the chance of thunderstorm activity through Saturday. As the cold front moves through the thunderstorm threat will end by Saturday night while lingering showers will be spotty on Sunday. Then we’ll dry out for the first of next week. Stay tuned to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for updates and possible weather alerts.