04/30/12 - 08:49 - Possibility for Severe Weather Continues for Southern Illinois
Weather Alert Continues
The atmosphere is going to remain unstable through the day today, with a threat for some strong-to-severe storm development later today in areas of the state south of I-70.
The rain and embedded thunderstorms seen across central Illinois this morning will be ongoing through early afternoon, but will not produce any strong activity. With some surface heating this afternoon, additional scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop across Illinois. Best chances for storms will be along and south of I-70 after 4pm.
While no widespread areas of severe weather are expected, a few storms could be severe and contain large hail and damaging wind gusts to 60 mph. The limiting factor may be the extent of surface heating that takes place today, as clouds could impede warming. We are most confident in thunderstorm development south of I-64. The threat for any strong to severe thunderstorms will end by midnight-1AM.
Based on this weather forecast guidance, the Ameren Illinois continues at YELLOW weather alert status through today, tonight, and into tomorrow morning.
YELLOW Weather Alert:
Emergency Operations Center is continuing a YELLOW weather alert for the organization. Ameren Illinois operations are ready to respond as needed to any storm outages.
Remember to be safe. Stay away from downed power lines. Report immediately to Ameren Illinois at 1.800.755.5000.