60 Degrees, But ... Heavy Rains, Lightning, High Winds, Flooding Dangers Ahead

60 Degrees, But … Heavy Rains, Lightning, High Winds, Flooding Dangers Ahead

We’ve spent a lot of conversation in recent days celebrating the warm temperatures expected today (March 13, 2019) and Thursday.

But the truth is, the weather of the next couple of days carries more than its share of danger.

For starters, a Flood Advisory for the Fox River at the Algonquin Tailwater — which extends from Johnsburg downstream to Red Gate Road in St. Charles — has been upgraded to a Flood Warning, starting Saturday.

Melting snow and ice in Wisconsin is expected to contribute to the rainy weather we’re experiencing here to add up to a sudden rise of river levels in the coming days.

In addition, the NWS Chicago has issued a Wind Advisory, in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

South to southwest winds could gust to 55 mph, making travel difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

Scattered, minor tree damage is possible, and unsecured objects will be blown around.

“Use extra caution,” the Weather Service says.

Localized Flooding

“Locally heavy rainfall, combined with frozen ground and snow melt may lead to localized flooding and will create rises on area creeks and rivers,” the NWS said.

Active Weather Through Thursday

Deep low pressure will lift northeast from the Plains through Thursday night, bringing a period of active weather to the region.

While continuous rain is not expected, multiple rounds of rain will move through the area during this time.

Thunderstorms will also be possible at times, especially tonight, and again late Thursday morning into the afternoon when some storms could be strong to severe. Meanwhile, gusty southwest winds are expected throughout the day Thursday.

Flood Crests

Potential flood crests based upon forecasts issued March 12. For latest forecasts visit https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=LOT.

Strong Winds, Thunderstorms

Active weather expected Thursday Strong winds and strong to severe thunderstorms are possible.

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SOURCE: National Weather Service Chicago