After the warm March, April is off to a cold, wet start in Illinois. Currently the statewide average temperature in Illinois for the first 7 days of April is 3.3 degrees below average. And precipitation across the state is near to above-average.
Here are the temperature departures, showing the surge of colder-than-average air out of Canada (thanks Canada) extending across the Great Lakes region and across much of the eastern Midwest. Temperature departures in Illinois are 1 to 5 degrees below average with the progressively darker shades of green.
Meanwhile, precipitation across Illinois and surrounding states has been near to above average for this part of April. The cold, wet conditions are not favorable for doing any field work. In addition, much of Illinois is under a freeze warning tonight, according to the NWS.