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BLOOMINGTON — You probably won’t need your snow shovel this week, but you will need an umbrella.

That’s the word from forecasters at the National Weather Service in Lincoln who say that heavy rain is expected throughout Central Illinois over the next few days.

“An unseasonably warm and moist air mass will overspread the region, with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms expected through Wednesday morning,” forecasters said in a statement released Sunday. “Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are likely to cover much of Central Illinois."

There is also potential for significant rainfall late in the week as well, the NWS said.

Although the ground remains soggy, portions of Central Illinois have seen drought conditions recently and forecasters predict the excessive rainfall will run off quickly due to a lack of active vegetation. Therefore, this amount of rain will possibly cause area rivers to flood.

It will be warmer, however, the first part of the week. Temperatures are expected to climb to 62 degrees on Monday with showers and thunderstorms. It will also be windy, with gusts up to 35 mph.

After reaching 67 degrees Tuesday afternoon, a cold front will move through the area during the evening and the rain could change over to a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain. It may turn to light snow before ending Wednesday morning. Little or no ice and snow accumulation is expected.

Wednesday’s high will be around 36 degrees and on Thursday, it will be mostly cloudy with a high near 42 degrees.

Another round of moderate to heavy rainfall is possible Friday and Saturday, forecasters said.

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