Today’s weather was quiet, but that will change as we head into this evening and tonight. Thunderstorms will be moving into the area later this evening, and some of those may be strong or severe.
Here’s what radar may look like in the next few hours:
8 PM – Thunderstorms will be moving into our southwestern counties and some areas west of the Illinois River.
10 PM – Thunderstorms will be widespread across the area, with the heaviest rain close to and just west of the Illinois River.
12 AM – Thunderstorms will be approaching the I-55 and I-57 corridors.
2 AM – Thunderstorms will be exiting the area, but some lingering showers could be possible.
The good news is this line will be weakening as it moves into the area, but some strong or possibly severe storms will still be possible. The best chances locally for any severe weather will be south of I-74. Strong storms will be possible for the rest of the Heart of Illinois.
High winds and heavy rain will be the main threats within any thunderstorms. A severe wind gust is defined as 58 mph or higher, so while most of us may not quite reach that criterion, high winds upward of 45-55 mph will still be possible.
Flash Flood Watches are in effect area-wide through early tomorrow morning. Rainfall totals could easily exceed 1″ with these storms tonight.
Stay with Heart of Illinois ABC and Storm Team ABC throughout the evening and overnight for the latest weather updates.