April 3rd weather roundup

April 3rd weather roundup

Following is a collection of news related to the severe storms that are forecast to hit East Central Illinois on Thursday.  If you have news to add, please leave a comment on this story.

The forecast

A look at the forecast and current conditions can be found here.

National Weather Service advisories

From our earlier story:

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Wednesday evening to Friday morning for the following counites:  Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Shelby, Moultrie, Macon, DeWitt and Piatt.

Rain is expected to begin on Wednesday night and continue off and on through Thursday night.  Three to four inches of rain is expected.

You should take precautionary measures if flooding occurs in your area.  Do not drive over a flooded roadway.  Secure or bring inside your outdoor items so they are not washed away.

Adding:

A flood advisory has been issued for the Sugar Creek at Milford in Iroquois County until Sunday afternoon.  The National Weather Service said by Sunday, the creek will rise to nearly 17.8 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.

Forecasters preview storm

Forecasters said Thursday's threat of severe weather has shifted slightly south, but that doesn't mean East Central Illinois is out of the woods.

Forecaster Kirk Huettl with the National Weather Service office in Lincoln said areas south of Champaign and Vermilion counties are in the prime area for storms starting at around 3 p.m. Thursday.



Huettl added  that Thursday afternoon's hail could reach golf ball size.

He said that Thursday night's severe storms should roll in after 6 p.m. and last into the early morning hours Friday.  The main threat there, Huettl said, is winds reaching 65 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, the weather has already wreaked havoc on areas to our west.  Huettl said the Peoria area reported four inches of rain and flooding on Thursday morning.  An official said a lighting strike temporarily took down 911 service in a part of Logan County.  And officials believe a lighting strike sparked a fire this morning at a landscaping business in Normal.

Forecasters preview storm, extended versions

Forecasters with the National Weather Service office in Lincoln have held two briefings on today's weather.  Listen to Wednesday's briefing here.  Listen to Thursday's briefing here.

Greg Soulje's take

WDWS Meteorologist Greg Soulje's weather blog, including a post on this week's weather, can be found here.

Closings and cancellations

If weather-related closings and cancellations occur, they will be posted here.  To report a closing or cancellation, please call WDWS ar 217-351-5300.  School-related closings or cancellations require a code word.

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