Heavy Rain and Gusty Storms to End the Week

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Peoria, Ill. (WMBD) – A slow moving cold front will bring more showers and thunderstorms to Central Illinois for the end of the work week before a drier stretch of weather moves in for the weekend.

Key Takeaways

  • Multiple rounds of storms through Friday
  • Few strong to severe storms possible Thursday & Thursday evening
  • Damaging wind gusts and heavy rain are the primary threats

Thursday & Thursday Night

Scattered thunderstorms will continue to move across Central Illinois this afternoon with the greatest risk of severe weather along and south of a Havana to Bloomington line where the Storm Prediction Center has issues Slight Risk (level 2 out of 5) for severe storms.

Damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph and very heavy rain are the primary threat but an isolated tornado is also possible, though the risk is low. Severe storms will possible through 8 pm before the focus transitions to heavy rain and flash flooding overnight. While there will likely be some periods of dry weather overnight, additional storms will be possible overnight.

The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) has issued a Slight Risk for flash flooding across Central Illinois through Thursday night.


Models have trended further south with track of an area of low pressure/MCV that will move out of Missouri and into Illinois Friday. The southern track would keep the risk of severe weather limited to areas along and south of I-72 but periods of heavy rain are still expect locally. Should the MCV track further north the risk of severe weather could increase. Be sure to continue to monitor the forecast and make sure to download the ciproud 2 go weather app.

Rainfall Forecast

With the track of the low moving further south this should help with expected rainfall totals across Central Illinois. While heavy rain is expected Thursday afternoon and evening, the low tracking further south should keep the heaviest rain for Friday south the region. Still, a widespread 1-3 inches of rain is still expected south of I-80 through Friday evening with locally higher amounts possible south of I-74.

Rainfall forecast through Friday evening.

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