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Needed rain comes tomorrow, but some storms may be strong or severe

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It's no secret that we need rain, and some of these hit-or-miss showers and storms over the last few days have helped, but we'll see our best rain chance in what seems like quite some time tomorrow. However, we could could see some pop-up storms continue throughout the evening hours today. Any of these storms could produce locally heavy rain and high winds. Those will die down overnight once we lose the heating of the day.

Ahead of the approaching cold front tomorrow, a few more pop-up showers and storms may develop. The main rain chance tomorrow will be as the cold front moves through during the evening hours. As it looks right now, our best rain chances will be from about 5 or 6 PM through near or just after midnight.

Some of our storms tomorrow evening could become a little lively, and some strong or severe storms may be possible. It looks like high winds up to 60 mph and large hail up to 1" will be the main threats within any storms.

While strong storms could be possible for everyone, the best chance of seeing any severe thunderstorms will be for areas near and north of I-74.

Make sure you have ways to receive any severe weather warnings that are issued tomorrow, including a NOAA weather radio and our Heart of Illinois ABC app. You can download that here.

We'll continue to monitor forecast models throughout the evening and update you with the latest on the news this evening at 5, 5:30 and 10.

Brian Walder

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