Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Severe weather possible Tuesday

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[March 10, 2009]  A low pressure system will pass by to the north of Illinois today and drag a strong cold across the state late this afternoon and evening. Strong to severe storms will be possible ahead of the cold front, especially between 4 and 11 p.m. All of Illinois is in a slight risk for severe storms through this evening.

Large hail, damaging winds and even a few tornadoes will be possible with the strongest storms.

Heavy rains falling on saturated ground will set the stage for possible flash flooding. A flash flood watch was in effect for areas north of a line from Rushville to Bloomington until noon today. Rainfall totals up to 2 inches were possible, falling on already saturated ground.

Much colder air will flow into Illinois tonight as northwest winds increase to 20 to 30 mph. The cold high pressure behind the cold front will keep temperatures below normal all the way until Saturday.

Minor to moderate river flooding will continue along the Illinois and Spoon rivers over the next week. Additional river flooding of other rivers in central Illinois is likely after the rains today and this evening.

(See maps below.)

[Text from file received from Terry Storer, Logan County Emergency Management Agency]

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