Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Heavy rain, wind and thunderstorms possible tonight into Thursday

(NWS announcement 3:39 a.m. Wednesday)

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[March 24, 2010]  The National Weather Service in Lincoln said in an outlook early Wednesday morning that heavy rains are possible Thursday across central and southeast Illinois.

Low pressure in northwest Texas will deepen northeast along a frontal boundary into the lower Ohio Valley by sunset Thursday and into the Mid-Atlantic states by overnight Thursday.

Rain will likely develop Wednesday night across central Illinois and into southeast Illinois overnight. The heaviest rain will fall during the day Thursday, with isolated thunderstorms possible in southeast Illinois south of Charleston and Mattoon.

The rain will diminish by overnight Thursday, with between three-quarters and 1.25 inches of rain expected. The highest amounts over an inch are expected south of Interstate 72.

Due to a saturated wet ground, this rain will be runoff and cause rivers to rise again, with some rivers possibly rising back above flood stage, especially in southeast Illinois.

See NWS forecast for updates on this potential heavy rain event Thursday.

Weather picture:

[National Weather Service, Lincoln office]

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