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Severe Storms Possible Tonight

A strong storm system will intensify as it pushes northwest of Illinois tonight bringing a chance of strong storms ahead of and along a cold front.  The highest chances of severe weather will occur with the front as it moves across western portions of central Illinois late this evening. Damaging wind gusts will be possible along with isolated tornadoes.  The front is expected to move into western Illinois around 8 pm and exit into Indiana by 2 am.  Below is a forecast showing the storms developing along the front during the evening in Missouri and racing east across Illinois.



High Winds Again Wednesday

Following the front, high winds will work down to the surface bringing another chance for strong winds late tonight and into Wednesday afternoon.  As the storm system exits the region, winds should drop off during the afternoon.  Wind gusts approaching 60 mph will be possible, particular during Wednesday morning.  In the forecast below, sustained wind are expected to exceed 40 mph with gusts approximately 20 mph higher.

A series of high wind watches, high wind warnings, and wind sdvisories will be in effect late tonight and Wednesday for much of the Midwest.  If you need to travel tomorrow, be prepared for extremely gusty conditions.  Also be prepared for debris on the roads.  Before you leave be sure to secure any items that may blow in the wind.