Central Illinois Braces for Severe Weather: Tornadoes Possible South of I-72 Sunday


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Lincoln, IL – Central Illinois is on alert as the National Weather Service (NWS) in Lincoln predicts a significant chance of tornadoes south of Interstate 72 for Sunday, March 31, 2024. According to the latest update from NWS, the region faces a level two risk for severe weather, with isolated large hail expected in the morning, and conditions likely worsening by mid-afternoon to early evening.

The primary concerns include large hail, potentially reaching the size of golf balls, and a heightened tornado risk, especially in areas stretching from Quincy to Danville and Paris. While the morning may only see isolated weather incidents, the NWS cautions that the main threats will manifest in the latter part of the day, advising residents to closely monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions.

Looking ahead to Monday, April 1, the severe weather threat persists, with the NWS predicting midday into evening as the timeframe for potential damaging winds and further tornado occurrences. The certainty of Monday’s forecast hinges on the evolution of Sunday’s storms, particularly impacting regions south of I-72, where the weather conditions seem more favorable for severe developments.

As the situation remains fluid, the NWS and local emergency services recommend staying updated on the latest weather advisories and preparing for quick action if warnings are issued. Community members are urged to review safety plans, secure loose outdoor items, and consider postponing outdoor activities until the severe weather threat has passed.


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