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The Illinois River is forecast to rise again Thursday just slightly above its 20-foot flood stage, but that forecast perhaps is not taking into account heavy rains forecast from 1 p.m. today through Friday morning.
A flash flood watch will be in effect for streams (and streets) until 7 a.m. Friday for portions of Northern Illinois including La Salle County, according to National Weather Service. As of 11 a.m. today, radar showed storms covering almost all of Iowa, northern Missouri and northwestern Illinois; how far south the south edge of the storms would be was uncertain.
“An extended period of heavy rainfall from thunderstorms will produce widespread storm total rainfall amounts approaching 4 inches over Northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.
Locally higher amounts are possible in areas where repeated training of storms may occur,” the weather service announced.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. “Area streams and rivers that are currently near or at flood stage will likely rise to moderate or major flood stage. heavy rainfall will likely lead to flooding of low lying urban areas. Also, rainfall rates and amounts May exceed the capacity of storm drains, drainage ponds and drainage ditches along roadways, leading to flooding in suburban areas as well as urban areas,” NWS typed.
The Associated Press reported today that one of the storms forecast to move toward the Great Lakes area was bringing much-needed moisture to parts of the Rockies and the Plains.
Rocky Mountain National Park received more than 2 feet of snow by late Tuesday, and more was expected to fall through today. The first round of the storm came Monday, when Cheyenne, Wyo., received 6.9 inches of snow, breaking an 1890 record.
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