Rainy next 48 hours, Flash Flood Watch in effect

Posted May 05, 2017

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week will be dry with warm afternoons; showers and storms return Thursday night into part of the day Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for portions of northern IN, southwest MI, and northwest OH from late Wednesday night until Friday evening.

Creeks still dealing with runoff from the heavy weekend rains will flood again-or remain flooded-and drivers are urged not to cross flooded roads.

The Columbia National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area as a strong frontal system moves into the area.

"As with any drastic change like this, there is bound to be a fly in the ointment", the National Weather Service wrote in a forecast discussion.

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Tuesday's risk of storms is expected to primarily affect areas along and north of USA 412, according to the weather service.

The heavy rains have led to a flash flood warning for most of East Central Illinois until 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

The primary threats with storms are localized flooding, hail up to 1 inch in diameter and lightning. Additional rainfall over saturated ground may result in flooding and flash flooding.

For those running in the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, temperatures will be in the low 40s with an isolated shower chance Saturday morning.

McCoy said that the latest long range projections for the month of May include cooler than normal weather but near normal rainfall.