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|Flip-Flopping Weather Today
|UPDATED: 2:35pm 12/27/08 Mother Nature just hasn't been too friendly to us this week.
Extremely cold temperatures and plenty of snow that was a part of last week and the beginning of this week, is being replaced by a brief warm-up that started yesterday and continues today. The National Weather Service says temperatures will top out near 60-degrees this morning, before falling into the 40's this afternoon.
Rain -- which the Weather Service says could total two-inches in some areas before it's all said and done -- is expected to mix with and then change to snow tonight. Fortunately, the snow is not expected to accumulate to much. However, all the rain and melting snow is causing a Flash Flood Watch to continue through this afternoon.
Flooding is a greater concern along the Spoon River. The forecast is for the river at London Mills to rapidly rise to about 16-feet today -- roughly 10-feet above where it was Friday and a foot above flood stage -- getting up to nearly 24-feet tomorrow, and starting to recede Monday and be back below flood stage by Tuesday. A Flood Warning is in effect in that area.
The topsy-turvy weather, of all things, caused a Tornado Watch that expired at 9am for Knox, Fulton, and Stark Counties among other parts of Central Illinois. Plus, a second tornado watch that was issued around 11am was cancelled several hours later.
The melting snow and high humidities yesterday caused dense fog that lasted well into the early morning hours today. The fog had subsided this morning for several hours before returning around 11am.
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(Fog caused by high humidities and melting snow made it hard for traffic to move along East Simmons Street Friday evening, in front of the WGIL Studios.)
(The same area Saturday morning. Some patchy low-lying fog remained across the area, but it was neither widespread nor dense.)
(This pile of snow is all that remains of the snow and virtual ice-skating rink that covered the city parking lot on East Simmons Street across from the old Carriage House Saturday morning. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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