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Severe weather possible this evening

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A chance for needed rainfall is on the way this evening, but some storms may pack a bit of a bunch as a cold front moves through. Ahead of the front, it will be another hot and humid day across the Heart of Illinois. We may see a few pop-up storms this afternoon, but just like the last few days they will be hit-or-miss.

Rain chances will begin to increase as the front approaches the area. This should be somewhere in the 6-8 PM timeframe as storms enter our western counties just west of the Illinois River. A line of strong to possibly severe storms will then move east through the area. It should take about 4 hours or so for these storms to move east of I-55 after entering Knox and Fulton Counties.

Here's a look at what radar might look like later this afternoon and evening.

In terms of severe weather hazards, this mainly looks like it will be a high wind threat. Wind gusts as high as 60 mph could be possible within the strongest thunderstorms. Heavy rain and hail may be possible at times as well. If heavy rain persists in one location, localized flash flooding may be possible.

Overall, there is a low tornado risk, but an isolated, brief spin-up can't be completely ruled out for areas west of the Illinois River.

Make sure you are stay weather aware later this evening and have ways to receive any severe weather warnings. You can download our Heart of Illinois app here to get those severe weather alerts, as well as track storms move through your neighborhood using interactive radar.

We'll continue to look at the latest forecast models and radar trends over the next few hours and update you with the latest on our newscasts at 5, 5:30 and 10.

Brian Walder

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