Area under flood watch until Wednesday

Phillip Cunningham
February 21, 2018

A flood watch has been issued for most of northern IL and northwest IN from 6 p.m. Monday through late Tuesday night. It may not be spring on the calendar, but it sure feels like it with the temperature and the rain.

A slow moving cold front will be moving throughout the region Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning.

In terms of total rainfall through Wednesday morning, it still appears that many of us have the potential to exceed two inches by Wednesday morning. The DuPage River was at a minor flood stage in Bolingbrook and could reach moderate flood levels by Wednesday morning.

National Weather Service predicted its crest at 7.7 feet at 1 a.m. Thursday. Area residents should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings.

Racine County is under a flood watch that begins at 6 p.m. Monday and ends at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

A high temperature of 63 degrees is predicted for Tuesday, with highs in the lower 60s on Wednesday.

The potholes on numerous roads may also be filled with water, which also requires motorists to slow down in some areas.

Additional heavy rainfall is expected over areas that have already received a significant amount of rain. So huge run-offs are anticipated which, in combination with ice jams, which may develop on area rivers, increases the flood threat.

Light rain is likely early Tuesday.

If this much rain does occur, flash flooding and river flooding will become a concern.

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