Winter weather expected to continue into Friday

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Thunderstorms heading our way may alter that forecast should they stall or change direction.

Melting snow and heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern IL and flood watches for central IL.

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She said there was ample standing water following Thursday's rain but other than Bethel Road there weren't any reports of flooding.

Ruckel said emergency shelters can be activated on short notice should the need arise and added road crews will be on standby to make any emergency repairs to roadways, culverts and bridges, if needed. It will be interesting to see the new drought monitor update next Thursday.

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In Mason County, the Mason County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be operating its Emergency Operations Center/call center.

So, stay dry and safe, and we'll see you on Sunrise. Winds could gust as high as 28 miles per hour.

Brown said this round of round of rain was caused when "deep troughing" of low air pressure out west met high pressure to the east, creating high levels of moisture in the air.

RAIN ON THE WAYCloudy skies are expected overnight with the small risk for an isolated rain shower. "Large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes will be possible". The high is expected to be near 39. An additional one to two inches of rain is possible Friday and Friday night. Sharp river rises are possible during the remainder of the weekend. "Those living in flood-prone areas should be prepared to take action should flooding develop", the agency warned. It said there is minor flooding in some spots. The river near Panama, Oklahoma was about 31 feet, more than 2 feet above its flood stage. Then, more widespread showers and thunderstorms move in after sunset and persist through Sunday morning.

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