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Strong Storms Possible Thursday, Heavy Rain Likely Later This Week

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Our weather will remain quiet in the short-term of our forecast, but expect warmer but wetter weather later this week and into the upcoming weekend.

A warm front will move through the area tomorrow night into Thursday morning. This will bring much warmer air to the area, but also will be a focal point for some showers and storms Wednesday night into Thursday morning. A cold front will approach from the west later in the day on Thursday, and this will give us another opportunity for showers and storms.

Ahead of the cold front, highs will soar into the 70s. The higher temperatures, combined with low-level moisture and wind shear, could provide a conducive environment later in the day for strong or severe thunderstorms.

As of now, it looks like high winds and large hail will be the main threats within any storms, but an isolated tornado can't completely be ruled out.

We will see chances for showers and storms continue into Friday morning, but a break from the wet weather will be possible during the day. More showers and storms will be possible this weekend.

Despite a rainy end of the week, remember that it will not constantly rain Wednesday night through Sunday evening. Rather, we'll see multiple rounds of showers and storms move through.

Our rainfall totals will add up pretty quickly later this week, with a widespread 2-3" of rain possible. Some localized areas could see more, upward of 3-4", especially if heavy rain falls for a longer amount of time.

We'll continue to update you with the latest on-air, on social media, and on our Heart of Illinois ABC mobile app.

Brian Walder

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