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Warm, Rainy, With Flooding Possible

Warm, Rainy, With Flooding Possibleā€

Melting snow and heavy rains have prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern IL and flood watches for central IL.

An additional 2-4 in. of rain is expected by Wednesday morning.

High temperatures on Thursday aren't expected to exceed 40 degrees and may be accompanied by rain.

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"We expect the Clinton River to crest by the late morning or noontime (Wednesday)", said meteorologist Trent Frey.

Any ice accumulations should be less than a tenth of an inch in most areas, said the weather service. The weather service predicts up to six inches of rain throughout the week, which could cause lowland and river flooding to develop.

- When a flash flood warning is issued for your area, or the moment you realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. This covers flooding of basements and flooding in low lying areas.

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There's a flood watch in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday for Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The coolest high temperature we will see this week will be on Wednesday with temperatures still reaching the 40's.

Rain and fluctuating temperatures have led Evanston city officials to prepare for flooding. Rainfall totals are expected between 3 and 6 inches, with some isolated higher amounts possible.

Flash and river flooding are of concern, though river rise is less of a concern in the more drought-stricken areas, the weather service said. More possible heavy rain will arrive Friday and Saturday.

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