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Soggy Memorial Day expected with close threat for severe weather

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Tornado Watch issued for Berrien and St. Joseph Counties

With every rain, Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan, Kansas, creeps up to its record level set in 1993.

An area of showers and thunderstorms is likely to travel across north central IL to northwest IN around the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Low pressure tracks out from the west slinging showers and thunderstorms over the region by early Memorial Day and this could run for most of the day. The heaviest rainfall is expected over northern Missouri.

A few tornadoes are possible for the areas around Rockford, Ottowa, Aurora, Joliet and Watseka, the weather service said. Strong winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes all possible with the storms that fire up Tuesday.

Heavy rains are also likely, which will lead to flash flooding and additional or aggravated river flooding.

After the storms pass, the Kansas City area will see a multi-day dry period. Well we may have 3 days (Wednesday-Friday) to do so otherwise a chance of storms exist the other 5 days in the extended forecast.

"One limiting factor today could be if showery activity persists this morning, and not enough clearing develops to really make the atmosphere unstable", Thompson said.

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