Unseasonably warm moist air has led the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Evanston from 6 p.m. tonight through late Tuesday night.

Several rounds of thunderstorms are expected between today and Wednesday with rainfall totals between 1.5 and 4 inches likely.

Since the ground remains frozen, much of the rain will run off rapidly and melting snow will add to the runoff.

The weather service says there’s also a chance of dense fog over portions of the area that may make for hazardous driving conditions.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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