We saw one round of rain move through earlier as a warm front lifted through, and behind that front, we'll see temperatures soar into the mid to upper 60s this afternoon and evening.
All of this is ahead of a cold front that will move through overnight. The extra warmth and moisture will provide some extra fuel for any thunderstorms that form ahead of the front.
I think any storms that form later this evening or tonight will be scattered in nature, so don't expect widespread and steady rain like what we saw earlier today. However, any of these storms will have the potential to become strong or severe.
Chances for storms will increase this evening, starting around 9 PM, and will last until about 1-2 AM.
While we may only see a few storms move through, these storms have the potential to become strong or severe. High winds and hail will be the main threats, but an isolated tornado can't be ruled out, especially west of the Illinois River.
The best chances for severe weather this evening and tonight will be to our west in Iowa and northern Missouri, and to our south in southern Illinois and Indiana. Our severe weather potential is largely dependent on how much the atmosphere can destabilize, but given the increase in temperatures and moisture, plus ample wind shear, it is certainly a possibility to see strong storms develop.
Make sure you have a way to get severe weather warnings before you head to bed because these storms will move through overnight. You can also download our Heart of Illinois ABC app for severe weather alerts and to track the storms with interactive radar.
We'll have the latest radar and updates on our news this evening at 5, 5:30, and 10!