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From 70° to freezing rain and flooding

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WSIL -- Heavy rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning caused ditches to fill and creeks to swell and rain changing to freezing rain in some areas capped off a more than 40º temperature drop in less than 24 hours.

"From warm to cold to rain. It's going to be snowing next," said Jeff David from Pinckneyville.  "You've got to go with the flow I guess. It goes from one extreme to the next, you never know." 

Ground temperatures remained warm enough to keep water from freezing on roads, but icicles hung from trees and other elevated objects.

Further south in Murphysboro, heavy rain turned ditches into raging rivers.

A culvert was washed out on Harry Ray Drive, one of the two entrances to the high school. 

"We've got 150 students with cars, all the parents that pick up their students, and buses and we just eliminated 50 percent of our entry and exit," explained principal Tony Wilson. "So today after school, we'll have local police having an officer helping direct traffic." 

The road closure comes at an opportune time as the high school was already planning to close the road starting next week for construction on the new performing art center.

With more heavy rain expected later in the week and into the weekend, creeks, streams, and will continue to be on the rise well into next week.

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