Area expected to see warmer than normal temperatures

March is a few days away and whether it comes in like a lamb or a lion has yet to be see. But officials and experts are urging residents to be cautious of possible severe storms.

The National Weather Service is predicting warmer temperatures and above average levels of precipitation.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a spring outlook that states minor flooding along the Mississippi River. Most local streams, including the Kaskaskia River, are expected to have near normal flood risk levels.

The service also stated that there is a “slightly better than average” chance for warmer temperatures and “a better than average” chance of above normal precipitation across the southwestern Illinois region.

The average high temperature in Nashville, IL, in March is 55 degrees and the average low is 35 degrees. There is an average of eight days of the month that sees precipitation.

Washington County EMA said on Friday that because NOAA has the are entering in a La Nina pattern for the summer, which has a history of dryer yet more “volatile conditions,” including the tornado outbreaks in 1979 and 2011.

The county has a Hyper-Reach text alert to keep residents informed of storms and other emergency events. More severe weather preparedness information can be found out by calling Matt Bierman at 618-327-4800 extension 340.

Water starts to rise over N Presley Ln outside Mt. Vernon on Feb 28th, 2021. Photo taken by Charles Guffey.

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