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Hazardous weather outlook issued

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 8:32 p.m. CDT

Prepare for the weather sampler.

"It will seem like we'll get a little bit of everything in the next 24 hours," Andrew Krein, of the National Weather Service, said Wednesday afternoon.

Everything could include freezing rain, snow, thunderstorms, fog, winds, and the potential for flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook through Thursday, noting the possibility of severe thunderstorms hitting an area of northeastern Illinois that includes Will, Grundy and Kendall counties.

A "wintry mix" of freezing rain and snow will start about 4 a.m. Thursday and change to all rain a few hours later that should last throughout the day. Will and Grundy counties will be under a flood watch Thursday afternoon.

The dense snowpack and large amount of rain will likely cause flooding concerns in the area.

Winds will begin to pick up by late morning and fog may come in as well, Krein said. That will give way to thunderstorms until Thursday evening.

"That will be followed by a strong cold front, which will end the rain," Krein said. "Temperatures won't drop so much from the cold front, but it will strengthen the winds even more."

A strong low pressure system developing over the South Plains is expected to pass into northwestern Illinois and Wisconsin, which is going to drag humid air into our area, Krein said.

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