Severe Weather Expected Tuesday Evening in Central Illinois

Severe Storms Expected Tuesday, February 28th

Your Local Weather Authority has made Tuesday a Severe Weather Alert Day. Strong to severe storms are expected to impact Central Illinois late Tuesday afternoon and evening. 

An area of low pressure will bring warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico to Central Illinois on Tuesday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop late in the afternoon and early evening as a cold front begins to move through the region. 

As storms begin to develop, they will encounter a strong Jet Stream with winds blowing in excess of 140 MPH which will provide the wind shear needed for the storms to become severe. The Storm Prediction Center has much of Central Illinois in a Moderate Risk for severe storms. 

Storm Timing and Threats


  • 5 PM Tuesday - 2 AM Wednesday


  • 1-2 Inch Diameter Hail
  • 60+ MPH Wind Gusts
  • Heavy Rain
  • Long-Track Tornadoes

The greatest tornado threat will likely be earlier in the evening as discrete supercells develop ahead of the approaching cold front. As the evening goes on, storms will form in to clusters and lines that will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and hail. These storms will also bring heavy rain to Central Illinois with rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are possible.

Be sure to stay weather aware this afternoon and evening as these strong to severe storms move through the region. Tuesday will be a good day to keep your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio on hand for when watches and warnings are issued. 

Please stay with Your Local Weather Authority for the latest updates. 


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