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High Winds, Heavy Rain Likely Tonight

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The rain that we saw earlier today helped us out to reduce our severe weather chances a little, but we still could see strong or severe storms develop later this evening and early tonight.

Storms will likely return to the area after 5 or 6 PM and could produce high winds and heavy rain. Our chances for large hail and an isolated tornado are not zero, but they are low.

A cold front will move through the area overnight, providing a second round of showers and storms. Once again, some of these may be strong or severe with high winds as the main threats. Our instability will begin to drop overnight, so if these storms are delayed by a few hours that would help to reduce our severe weather risk.

Heavy rain will be possible within any shower or storm this evening and tonight. Areas could see up to 1-2" of rain by tomorrow morning, which may lead to flash flooding in spots.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued as a result.

We'll have the latest radar and updates on the news at 5, 5:30 and 10 PM this evening. Keep an eye on our social media pages for additional updates, and you can download our Heart of Illinois ABC app to get severe weather alerts and interactive radar on your mobile device.

Brian Walder

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