Will it stop raining?

A motorist passes through water covering Illinois 165 between Merna and Cooksville on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, after 4 inches of rain fell across the area.

BLOOMINGTON — Much of Central Illinois is under a flash flood watch until 1 a.m. Wednesday as more rain is expected to return to the area Tuesday evening.

Counties under the watch include: McLean, Logan, DeWitt, Peoria, and Woodford, said the National Weather Service.

NWS' latest forecast calls for scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms over the region Tuesday evening, with the system heading east after midnight. 

Around 1 inch of additional rain is expected, with 1 to 2 inches possible west of U.S. 51, said NWS. Because the rain will fall on "very saturated ground," it may lead to flash flooding.

Also, the expected thunderstorms may produce damaging wind gusts along with possible large hail and isolated tornadoes, especially southwest of Interstate 74.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead

to flash flooding. Motorists are urged to never drive across a flooded roadway, especially at night. Drivers should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should a flash flood warning be issued, said the weather service.


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