The sound of hail hitting your house or your car may have given you an early wake-up call yesterday, as the first real spring storm of the season caused very few problems otherwise in the Galesburg area.
The system that also brought tornadoes to the St. Louis area yesterday also provided hail the size of quarters in the Galesburg area, according to storm spotter reports submitted to the National Weather Service.
The hail was slightly smaller in diameter in the Wataga area. Rain totals around the region ranged from the almost two inches of rain that fell yesterday morning in Galesburg, to over three inches during that same time frame in Peoria.
Rainy conditions yesterday contributed to the crash of a semi on U.S. 34 near the Fremont Street Bridge in Galesburg. The semi sustained damaged, with its cab ending up on top of a guardrail, but the driver was said to be uninjured.
The Peoria area and other parts of Central Illinois got walloped with more rain yesterday evening, but didn’t pack much of a punch here.
The story today will be wind. Gusts are expected to exceed 45 miles per hour at times, but will diminish by the overnight hours, setting up a weekend of sunshine and temperatures in the 50’s for the most part. By this time next week, temperatures could be in the 60’s once again.