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Possible severe weather returning to southern Illinois Friday night

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says, for the second time in less than a week, the entire southern Illinois region could see severe weather late Friday night and into Saturday morning.

Sean Poulos is a meteorologist with the Paducah office. And he says a cold front Friday night could trigger the storms.

"Ahead of that, the ingredients appear to be there for some thunderstorms and some of those could be severe with damaging winds, and perhaps a few tornadoes. Primary time frame right now we're looking at is during the evening and overnight hours."

Poulos adds severe weather like this is not uncommon for December, since southern Illinois is only an eight to 10 hour drive to the Gulf of Mexico, where a lot of the warm, moist air comes from.

He says to make sure you have a weather radio with fresh batteries Friday night when you go to bed. In case of severe weather he stresses going to a basement, or, if you don't have a basement, an interior room with no windows is a good place to go.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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