Stormy Weather Returns Tuesday

 A storm system that brought snow to Colorado on Monday will bring more rain and thunderstorms to Central Illinois Tuesday.

An area of low pressure will move out of the Central high plains tonight and in to the Midwest on Tuesday. Scattered rain showers and isolated showers and storms will begin to spread across Central Illinois late Monday night as the storm moves in th the Central Plains. The potential for rain will ramp up Tuesday morning and will continue throughout the day. Scattered thunderstorms will be likely in the afternoon and evening as the area of low pressure moves through the area. 

What to Expect

You'll want to have the rain gear on hand all day as periods of rain are likely to be ongoing during the morning drive along and south of I-74, but will quickly spread north through mid-morning. As the surface low approaches from the west, additional thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon and will continue throughout the evening, gradually tapering off to showers by sunrise Wednesday.  

While the severe weather is not expected across Central Illinois on Tuesday or Tuesday night, some storms may produce heavy rains and gusty winds up to 45 MPH. The risk of severe weather remains higher across southern Illinois where a warmer and more unstable airmass is expected to be in the place. The Storm Prediction Center has southern Illinois under a Marginal Risk for severe storms. If the surface low tracks a little further than what is expected, a risk of severe weather could materialize over parts of the region. 

This storm system looks to drop one to two inches of rain across Central Illinois through Wednesday morning with locally higher amounts possible. The moisture will be a welcomed sight as much of the region remains below average on rainfall for the year.  


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