Central Illinois: Slow-Moving Heavy Rain to Impact I-57 Commuters Monday

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Springfield, IL – Isolated severe thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon, particularly west of Interstate 57. According to the US National Weather Service Central Illinois, these storms may bring large hail, damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph, and locally heavy rainfall that could cause flooding in urban and poorly drained areas.

The severe weather risk for Monday is categorized as marginal, with a 20-50% chance of thunderstorms forming between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, the highest local risk includes isolated severe storms that may produce heavy rain and strong winds. Residents in affected areas are advised to seek shelter indoors during storms and stay informed through weather alerts.

The weather pattern is expected to remain unstable into Tuesday and Wednesday, with additional disturbances and a cold front bringing more chances for showers and thunderstorms. Highs for the week will range from the mid-80s today to the upper 70s and low 80s by Friday. Conditions are expected to clear by Thursday and Friday, with mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures.

Motorists traveling along I-57 should exercise caution and stay updated on the weather conditions. Heavy rain may reduce visibility and create hazardous driving conditions.

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