Weather Update for Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Rain Continues into Tonight – Flood Warning for most of the Chicago Area

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National Weather Service

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Waves of showers and thunderstorms will be the rule this evening through Tuesday night, with locally heavy rainfall possible. The combination of rain and frozen ground will increase the threat of flooding and cause rises on area rivers and creeks. A cold front will move through Tuesday night, with rain changing to a wintry mix, which could make for some slippery conditions into early Wednesday morning as the precipitation ends.
Singing in the rain, we’re singing in the rain. Oh the glorious feeling………So here is the deal. Since we’ve been in a period of time where the sustained temperatures were below freezing that stuff below your feet is still pretty much frozen. So when we have rain like we are having now, there is no place for it to go. Look for standing water in those infamous low lying areas like overpasses and near open fields. Hence our new slogan, “Turn around, don’t drown.” So for those of you who are going to give it a go and see how long your car can stay afloat, we have the “Dufus Combo”. Consist of a diving mask and snorkel. You can look at us in your rearview mirror as we wave goodbye with big smiles on our faces. That part is free.
Stay dry and don’t cry!
TuesdayFeb20FloodingModerate to occasionally heavy rainfall will continue overnight into Tuesday morning, which will increase the flooding threat area wide. Be careful if driving at night, as water on roads can be difficult to see. Turn around, don’t drown. A flood warning is in effect for a good portion of the area. Isolated thunderstorms remain possible.
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Tuesday
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 63. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Tuesday Night
Rain before 3am, then rain likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain between 3am and 4am, then freezing rain likely after 4am. Low around 31. Southwest wind around 15 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. North northeast wind around 10 mph.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain and snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday
Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after 7am, then gradually ending. Cloudy, with a high near 46.
Friday Night
A chance of rain before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow between 1am and 3am, then a chance of snow after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Saturday
Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
Saturday Night
Rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Sunday
A chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
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