Flood Watch remains in effect until Wednesday
- Author: Jermaine Castillo Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 6:37
The National Weather Service issued the advisories as rain is forecast to begin Monday morning and continue into Tuesday night. Five to ten inches of rain possible over northwest half of the area.
A slow moving cold front will be moving throughout the region Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning.
Rain is expected to keep things soggy through Wednesday, said Alex Manion, a meteorologist with the weather service in White Lake Township.
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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch and flood warning for residents in northeastern IL, including McHenry County.
The rainfall, combined with melting snow and rapid runoff due to frozen ground, could flood low-lying areas and cause water levels to rise in rivers and ponds, the weather service said.
There is also a good chance that temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday could climb well into the 60s and POSSIBLY hit or even crack 70 degrees! Total ice accumulations of a light glaze up to a tenth of 1 inch are expected, meaning slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads and bridges.
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Tobin said right now, our area is at a fine break-over point of whether we're going to actually experience flooding.
Unseasonably mild air will accompany the rain and record warmth is possible Tuesday. We've also had a lot of recent snowmelt and will see more, which adds to the amount of liquid making it into rivers and streams. Low lying and poor drainage areas prone to flooding will be most susceptible.
By Saturday, up to 6 inches of rain is forecast in several rounds of precipitation across much of the state.
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