Thursday’s Severe Weather Alert: Illinois Faces Threat of Strong Storms

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Springfield, IL – Residents across Central and Southeast Illinois are on notice for Thursday, as forecasters predict a surge of severe weather that could unleash strong storms throughout the area. Particularly in the spotlight are communities near and south of Interstate 72, with experts advising extra vigilance for those with outdoor plans.

According to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, IL, the timeline for these potential storms is cause for attention: initial formations might develop as early as mid-morning on Thursday, April 18, 2024, posing risks of large hail and damaging winds. The expected high temperatures could reach near 80 degrees south of I-70, contrasting with cooler 60s under cloudy skies to the northwest. This temperature disparity could contribute to the volatility of the weather system. 

As Thursday progresses, eastern Illinois may encounter storms in the afternoon, and the entire region could receive an average rainfall of about half an inch. The forecast for late in the week suggests a sharp drop in temperatures, with a possibility of frost by Sunday morning. Stay updated with the latest weather advisories and prepare accordingly.

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