Metro-East News

More rain in the forecast could make flooding worse

News-Democrat

Rainfall heavier than forecast could cause river levels to rise even higher than predicted along the Mississippi River, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

A flood warning will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday for much of southwestern Illinois. In St. Louis, the flood warning remains in effect until further notice.

An additional one to three inches of rain is expected from early Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. Most of the rain will occur as runoff and will exacerbate ongoing flooding.

The forecast for the metro-east from the National Weather Service:

Today ... Scattered sprinkles before 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. West wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tonight ... A 50 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m. Increasing clouds, with a low around 47. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable.

Wednesday ... Rain. High near 54. East wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Wednesday Night ... Rain. Low around 47. Northeast wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Thursday ... Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 56. North wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Thursday Night ... A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Friday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Friday Night ... Mostly clear, with a low around 45.

Saturday ... A 30 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m.. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday Night ... Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

Sunday ... Sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday Night ... Mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Monday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

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