(OLNEY/NEWTON) With a high pressure ridge stretching from southern Missouri into the lower Ohio River Valley, our downstate weather will be dry today with some sunshine on tap, and as the high moves eastward, a rare early January warming trend will kick in for the next several days. Meanwhile, as a strong storm system starts to move through the Tennessee Valley tomorrow night, we will have some downstate chances of rain, however the bulk of the rain will fall south of a line along Interstate 64, in the southernmost part of Illinois, with those rain chances through the day Friday and into Friday night before ending. The abnormal warmup, along with plenty of sunshine, will give us a great weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. But the rain chances return for Sunday night and through the day on Monday, although the new extended forecast is calling for more dry and mild weather conditions at least through midweek of next week. Stay tuned for continued updates and monitor a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for more weather info and details.