Metro-East News

Forecasters issue flash flood warning until 10:30 p.m. Saturday

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning on Saturday afternoon for parts of the metro-east, including northwestern St. Clair County and Madison County.

The warning is in effect until 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Between 2 and 3 inches of rain had already fallen in the warned area as of 2:41 p.m. Saturday and an additional 3 to 5 inches of rain may fall in the area.

“Life-threatening” flash flooding could develop quickly Saturday night, according to a weather service bulletin.

The weather service pointed out the following Illinois highways that could cause problems:

▪  Interstate 70 between exits 21 and 24.

▪  Interstate 55 between exits 23 and 63.

▪  Interstate 64 near exit 9.

Meanwhile, a flash flood watch remains into effect until 6 p.m. Monday.

By Wednesday, there is a slight chance of snow. The New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day weather will be dry but chilly, according to the National Weather Service.