(OLNEY/NEWTON) With the frontal boundary now hanging over northern Illinois, extending down into southeastern Iowa and northwestern Missouri, the associated cold front is moving much slower than expected and dropping heavy amounts of rain with some thunderstorm activity included along the way. For us in our downstate region, this means a first wave of rain this morning to be followed by another wave later this afternoon and evening, possibly followed by yet more rain chances overnight through tomorrow morning, maybe into Wednesday afternoon and evening before it all ends. Anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible now for us today through Wednesday night. Then after a dry Thursday, a weak cold front could bring us some scattered rain Friday night through Saturday night with some cooler air to filter in for Sunday and the first of next week. Stay tuned to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for weather updates.