STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS THREATEN CENTRAL ILLINOIS
SPRINGFIELD (WRSP) - Central Illinois' stretch of beautiful picture-perfect weather is coming to an end as a vigorous cold front will plow across the state, setting off numerous showers and scattered storms by Wednesday. The storms could become quite energetic by Wednesday afternoon and evening. Some storms may turn strong to severe, capable of packing damaging wind gusts over 60 mph, hail, and even isolated tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of central Illinois under a Marginal to Slight Risk for severe storms for Wednesday. As if severe storms weren't enough, locally heavy soaking rain is also likely with much of mid-Illinois getting saturated with 1"-2" of rain by Thursday morning.
Storms will wind down by Thursday, but still some wrap-around energy and moisture may trigger some lingering showers for at least the first half of Thursday before a brief lull takes place. Then another potent storm system will churn its way out of the Southern Plains and lift up into the Missouri Valley helping to set off more scattered showers and storms for Friday into the weekend. Right now the forecast models are indicating some excessively heavy rain possible over the weekend with rainfall totals between 2"-4" by Sunday evening. Flooding could ensue with so much rain falling over just a few days.
As far as temperatures go, Wednesday will still feature abnormally warm weather with highs in the upper 70s. But for the rest of the week, expect cooler conditions with the clouds and rain keeping afternoon highs in the low 60s on Thursday and in the mid 60s over the weekend.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the low 80s Tuesday; upper 70s Wednesday; low 60s Thursday; upper 60s Friday; mid 60s Saturday and Sunday; and, low 60s Monday. Overnight lows will fall to the low 60s Tuesday night; upper 40s Wednesday night; low 50s Thursday night; mid 50s Friday and Saturday night; and, mid 40s Sunday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
DAILY CHANCES FOR RAIN AND STORMS BEGIN WEDNESDAY
(Champaign) - An incoming cold front will begin to move across Illinois on Wednesday and bring rain and thunderstorms across western Illinois early Wednesday. We expect the arrival of the front and subsequent rain and storms later on Wednesday as skies will be mostly cloudy during the day. Temperatures will top out in the mid 70s and lows will end up in the mid 50s. Rainfall totals could fall in the 0.5 to 1-inch rain generally speaking, but where storms occur rainfall amounts could be much greater. Storms could also bring strong thunderstorm winds and hail to some locations. Virtually the entire area is in the "moderate" risk area for strong to severe storms.
Lingering showers will occur early Thursday before we get a short break from the rain, but conditions will be much cooler as highs on Thursday only reach the low 60s. On Friday, rain chances return as the nearly stationary front moves back north allowing warmer conditions to return with highs near 70 into the weekend, but with additional chances for more rain and storms. Rainfall totals will continue to add up across the area, as saturated ground will bring about localized flooding during rain/storms and eventually into the waterways where low lying areas are expected to experience flooding.
Here's the rundown for the weekend as we will see rain/storms both Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 60s, lows fall to the upper 50s. Some locations could accumulate rainfall to as much as 3 to 4-inches through the weekend. Stay updated on what to expect with the STORM TEAM forecast every day on FOX-Champaign News at 5:30/9pm on FOX-Illinois Channel 27.
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Doug Quick - FOX-Champaign Weather Anchor
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