Flood Watch

Flood Watch is in effect for northwestern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through Monday morning. Our local Illinois counties under this watch include Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Whiteside. Our local Wisconsin counties under a Flood Watch include Green, Rock and Walworth.

Flood Watch

Flood Watch

Additionally, a Flood Watch is in effect for the Kishwaukee River in southern Winnebago County for possible rising water early this week. Periods of rain with embedded thunder will continue through Sunday afternoon, evening and overnight. Rain will be heavy at times, especially in the evening and nighttime hours.

Weekend Rainfall through 3pm Sunday

Weekend Rainfall through 3pm Sunday

Local rainfall totals from Saturday through early Sunday afternoon have varied across the area, with Rockford picking up about half an inch. Parts of Jo Daviess County and much of southern Wisconsin have seen their rain gauges add up to nearly an inch.

Additional Rainfall Potential through Monday Morning

Additional Rainfall Potential through Monday Morning

Additional rainfall of one to two inches is possible overnight through early Monday morning.

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on April 13, 2014

Rainy Sunday

Periods of rain, even some embedded thunderstorms, will end our weekend on a wet note.  Rain will be off-and-on throughout the day. FutureTrack suggests a break in the action early Sunday morning.

FutureTrack Sunday morning: few showers

FutureTrack Sunday morning: few showers

By late Sunday afternoon into Sunday night, rainfall may be heavy at times. Plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and a frontal boundary draped through the area will provide some generous rainfall totals.

FutureTrack Sunday evening: heavy rain

FutureTrack Sunday evening: heavy rain

By the time things quiet down in the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning, a good one to two inches of rainfall will be possible.

Rainfall Potential: 1-2"

Rainfall Potential: 1-2″

We will dry things out for Monday evening and Tuesday.

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on April 13, 2014

April Showers

Mild temperatures are finally in the forecast for an entire week, as the 7-Day Forecast shows. But our overall weather pattern will be a bit unsettled. There is a chance of rain on five of the next seven days.

aprilshowers

No need to worry though—it won’t be a complete washout. On Monday and Tuesday, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin will be sandwiched in between two weather systems. Heavy rain is a good bet southeast of our area, including the southern suburbs of Chicago, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Some steady showers are likely across Iowa with another system to our west.

showers

We will be caught in the middle, so a few showers will be possible Monday afternoon, Monday night and Tuesday. Showers will be widely scattered and light, with a tenth of an inch of rain at best.

Futuretrack: Now through Tuesday Evening

Futuretrack: Now through Tuesday Evening

Rainfall has been scarce lately and we could use some. Looking at the rest of the week, rain chances will continue to be small. A few showers (rumble of thunder?) will be possible again late Thursday. A better chance of rain may be in the works for next weekend.

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on April 6, 2014

It’s Been a While

Ample sunshine and a breezy south wind will usher in the mildest temperatures of the year on Sunday.

601

In fact, that last time our thermometers cracked the 60-degree mark was on November 17, 2013! On that day, our temperature rose to 69 degrees. While upper 60s are out of the question for Sunday, a few spots well south of Rockford could achieve that on Monday.

High near 60°

High near 60°

Monday—while more cloudy (possibly thundery) and very blustery—will see highs push into the middle 60s across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The last time we had back-to-back 60+ degree days was at the end of last October!

Enjoy the last two days of March, because things will cool down into the 40s for the first several days of April!

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 29, 2014

Round of Light Snow

The calendar says Spring, but Old Man Winter doesn’t want any part of that! Temperatures will be well below average through Wednesday. Highs will only reach the lower 30s today, Monday and Tuesday. With forecast high temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, any precipitation will come in the form of snow.

FutureTrack: Snow Monday Evening

FutureTrack: Snow Monday Evening

An Alberta clipper system will push through the area late Monday and Monday night. This will bring a round of light snow to northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Rockford has picked up 56.4 inches of snow since November 2013, and it looks like we will add another inch or inch-and-a-half to that total by Monday night.

First Look at FutureTrack:Snow (Saturday Evening Model Run)

First Look at FutureTrack:Snow (Saturday Evening Model Run)

Snow will wind down late Monday night, tapering to a few morning flurries on Tuesday. With sunshine likely by Tuesday afternoon, melting will quickly begin!

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 22, 2014

Chilly Sunday on Tap

After some light snow Saturday night, cold air will usher into northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin for Sunday. Our afternoon temperatures will only reach the upper 20s. To put this into perspective, we average upper 20s for highs in early January! Our average high temperature for the middle of March is well into the upper 40s.

Sunday Morning Wind Chill: Single Digits

Sunday Morning Wind Chill: Single Digits

Thanks to a blustery northeast wind sustained between 10 and 20mph with gusts up to 30mph, our wind chill will be biting! On Sunday morning it will range from 0 to 10 degrees. By Sunday afternoon, it will ease into the teens.

We’ll warm up a handful of degrees more for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday and then it’s back to the 50s by Election Day Tuesday. Click HERE for the 7-Day.

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 15, 2014

Another Round of Light Snow

After 50 degree temperatures and plenty of melting snow on Friday, a fresh layer of the white stuff will blanket the Stateline by Sunday morning. Clouds will thicken up throughout the day Saturday as highs reach 40 degrees. Light snow will develop by the evening hours, possibly mixing with a few raindrops along the I-88 corridor of northern Illinois.

FutureTrack: Saturday Night

FutureTrack: Saturday Night

Light snow will continue Saturday night and eventually taper off in the early morning hours of Sunday. Snowfall totals will be light. Ground and air temperatures will help melt some of the falling snow initially, but as the night wears on our temperatures will fall into the upper teens. Snow will begin to accumulate, although it looks like just an inch will coat the ground. An inch and a half is possible for our far western counties.

Around 1"

Around 1″

After a little early morning snow on Sunday, temperatures will be lucky to reach 30 degrees with a gusty northwest wind. Our wind chill will be in the single digits!

Spring….what’s that!?

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 14, 2014

Quiet, Cold Sunday

Aside from a few morning snow flurries, Sunday will be relatively quiet. Arctic high pressure will build into the region, so cloud cover will gradually decrease as the day wears on. High temperatures will be about 30 degrees COLDER than normal for early March! High near 10 degrees.

FutureTrack Sunday Morning

FutureTrack Sunday Morning

Although our northerly wind will be light, between 5 and 15mph, our wind chill be quite cold. Wind chill values will range between -20 and -10 degrees throughout the day.

FutureTrack Wind Chill Sunday

FutureTrack Wind Chill Sunday

Air temperatures will fall below zero Sunday night through Monday morning and we’ll stay locked in with frigid air through Tuesday. Temperature records will be in jeopardy on Monday, including a record low (-4° from 2002) and a record cold high (18° from 2002).

Staying Cold

Staying Cold

A much-needed end-of-the-work-week warm up is in our forecast. Check out the 7-day for a couple 30+ degree high temperatures!

-Joe

 

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 2, 2014

Snow Round 2: The Main Course

We have two rounds of snow to get through this weekend. The first round of light snow will linger through the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning. The first round will be the lesser of the two: the appetizer to the main course.  The main course, of course, is the second round of snow that will blanket the area late Saturday.

Local Timeframe: 1pm Saturday - 7am Sunday

Local Timeframe: 1pm Saturday – 7am Sunday

Snow looks to push back into the area Saturday afternoon after 1pm.  The snow will ramp up in intensity during the late afternoon and evening, continuing into the nighttime hours.  Snow will taper off before dawn Sunday. It appears that 3 to 5 inches of accumulation will be possible when it’s all said and done.  The higher totals will be along and south of the Interstate 88 corridor. The lowest amounts will occur in southern Wisconsin. Temperatures will be in the teens during this snowfall event. Wind will be out of the north-northwest around 5 to 15mph, with a few gusts to 20mph.

Round 2 Snowfall: 3-5"

Round 2 Snowfall: 3-5″

As of 8am Saturday morning, the WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY area has expanded to included all 13 of our local counties.

  • Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson & Whiteside County: 12pm Saturday through 6am Sunday
  • Green, Rock & Walworth County:  3pm Saturday through 3am Sunday
  • Boone, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle & Winnebago County: 3pm Saturday through 9am Sunday
Winter Weather Advisory (posted Friday 11pm)

Winter Weather Advisory (posted Friday 11pm)

Travel will be impacted Saturday evening through Sunday morning as snow plows battle this latest round of snow. Use caution if you have to travel. Keep it tuned to the weather blog, wrex.com, our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest the information.

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on February 28, 2014

Snow Round 1: The Appetizer

We will have to deal with two main rounds of snow this weekend. The first round of light snow will push through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin overnight. This round will be the lesser of the two: the appetizer to the main course.

Friday Night

Friday Night

Snowfall totals will be on the light side, generally around 1 inch.  A few spots near and north of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line may see an inch and a half.  The chance for snow will wind down before sunrise Saturday, although it will remain cloudy. Temperatures will fall through the 20s and into the middle teens by Saturday morning.

Travel Impact Through Saturday Morning

Travel Impact Through Saturday Morning

Travel may become a little hazardous overnight, with reduced visibility and a coating of snow on the pavement. Road conditions will improve throughout Saturday morning.

-Joe

EDIT:  Here is a list of local observed snowfall totals from Friday night.

  • Clinton (WI) – 1.5″
  • Woodstock – 1.5″
  • Rockford (Airport) – 1.2″
  • Freeport – 1.0″
  • Galena – 1.0″
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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on February 28, 2014