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Heavy Rain and Snowmelt Threatens Flooding in Southeast and Mid-Atlantic; Strong Cold Front Presses Across the Northwest

A southern storm system will bring heavy to excessive rain from the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic through Saturday with a secondary heavy rain threat area from the Lower Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley. Out West, a strong cold front will continue rain, mountain snow and gusty winds into Saturday morning. Another front will bring more unsettled weather to the region by Sunday. Read More >

Fire Weather Forecasts
The National Weather Service Chicago Office is responsible for providing fire weather forecasts for Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The fire weather service program provides forecast and warning services for the prevention, suppression and management of forest and rangeland fires. picture of Burn at Indiana Dunes

During the Spring ( March 1st to May 15th ) and Fall ( October 1st to December 15th ) fire seasons, NWS Chicago issues two daily narrative fire weather forecasts, one in the morning by 6 am central time and a second in the afternoon around 4 pm central time. This forecast consists of a brief weather discussion and a detailed 48 hour forecast of weather, temperatures, relative humidity, winds, and smoke dispersion parameters.


Fire Weather Outlook
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