Snow Years Eve

As 2013 comes to a close and 2014 is knocking on the door, Mother Nature wants to celebrate with some snow.  A long duration event, spanning Tuesday night through early Thursday morning, will bring accumulating snow to the Stateline.  With this snow event forecast to be spread out over the course of 24 to 36 hours, there are many variables that can and likely will change.

Snow will develop Tuesday evening and target our general area overnight.  A few inches of accumulation are possible from the start of the snow through early Wednesday morning.  A second piece of energy will affect the area Wednesday into Wednesday night, lingering through early Thursday.  It is during this time period that several inches of snowfall will be possible.

Several Inches of Snow Tue. PM - Thu. AM

Several Inches of Snow
Tue. PM – Thu. AM

Atmospheric conditions will allow for a narrow band of moderate snow accumulations stretching from Iowa through our area and east into Michigan.  To put this into perspective, Wisconsin Dells to our north and Peoria to our south may only pick up an inch.  There will likely be an impact on travel conditions in our region for the New Year holiday.

Again, with a prolonged period of snowfall (and since the second half of this system is still 48 hours away), change will be inevitable.  It appears that an acceptable initial snowfall forecast will be in the 3 to 6 inch range.  Locally higher totals are possible.  Chief Meteorologist Eric Sorensen will monitor and refine the forecast tonight, as the latest data becomes available.

-Joe

 

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This post was written by qni_it on December 30, 2013

Freezing Rain Advisory in effect through Noon Friday

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This post was written by qni_it on December 19, 2013

Parade of Light Snow Systems Continues

The second week of December has been busy.  The week’s third light snow system will arrive as we close out the work week and head into the weekend.  Looking back, our first system last Sunday brought 2.8″ of snow to Rockford.  Our second system brought 1.2″ of snow Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.  Our third system with accumulating snow will arrive after dark Friday and linger through Saturday morning.

Locally: Least Northwest - Most Southeast

Locally: Least Northwest – Most Southeast

Snow totals will remain on the lower end of the spectrum, with most areas picking up an inch or two.  Communities on the northwestern edge of our area—such as Freeport, Stockton & Monroe—may see under an inch.  Southeastern parts of our area—including the communities of Deer Grove, Sublette, Paw Paw & Shabbona—could pick up a little more than 2 inches.

Travel-Impacting Snow Likely to our South & East

Travel-Impacting Snow Likely to our South & East

Snowfall will be heavier south of I-80 in northern Missouri and central Illinois.  Snow totals of over 6 inches are possible for pockets of central Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and points east.  Use caution if your travels take you there.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on December 12, 2013

Reduced Visibilities

A Dense Fog Advisory continues for all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  Our local counties of Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Green, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Rock, Stephenson, Walworth, Whiteside and Winnebago are under the advisory until 6pm Wednesday evening.

Dense Fog Advisory through 6pm

Dense Fog Advisory through 6pm

Drizzly, showery, seasonably mild and foggy weather will continue ahead of an approaching arctic cold front.  Pockets of dense fog with reduced visibility—below one-quarter of a mile at times—will affect the Stateline late this afternoon and early this evening. 

Safe travels!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on December 4, 2013

TravelCast

If you’re headed home from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you will have no weather worries in your travels!  Across the Midwest, a mix of sun and clouds is expected on Sunday.

To the west

To the west

Dry weather is in the forecast for the Stateline and points south and west.

To the south

To the south

Partly cloudy skies will rule the roost, although it could go mostly cloudy in central and northern Wisconsin.

To the north

To the north

A few snowflakes are possible downwind of Lake Michigan in parts of Indiana and lower Michigan.  Areas of drizzle mixing with light snow showers are likely downwind of the eastern Great Lakes of Erie and Ontario.

To the east

To the east

Highs today will be right around average in the Midwest. Locally, we’ll top out around 40 degrees.

-Joe

 

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This post was written by qni_it on December 1, 2013

Turkey Day Travel

Today’ssnow is exiting the area, and now our focus turns toward mid-week travel plans. Whether you’re heading out of town or have company making the trip here to the travel2Stateline, you’ll want to check out flight times if New England is involved at all. Many places off to the far northeast will see 5-10″ of snowfall between today and Wednesday. travel2The good news is that here in the Midwest we don’t have much to worry about. Aside from a few flurries that could roll through tomorrow, our snow chances for the rest of the week are non-existant. The weekend will be chilly, but travel conditions will be excellent. – Gregtravel

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This post was written by qni_it on November 25, 2013

Light Snow on Monday

Light snow showers will develop in eastern Iowa before sunrise on Monday. The snow showers will continue to develop and push east into northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin throughout the morning.  Even though this system is very limited with moisture, minor snow accumulations are likely.  Precipitation estimates remain below one-tenth of an inch.  The result will be light coating of snow, perhaps up to an inch in spots.  South of Interstate 88 may only see a dusting.

The intensity of the snow will be light, but a quick burst of moderate snow is not out of the question.  With a brisk southwest wind—sustained between 10 and 20mph and gusting up to 30mph—there may be some short-lived visibility issues.  Also with gusty wind comes the concern of blowing snow.  Although the accumulations will be minor, blowing snow may cause icy patches on some roads.  High temperatures will reach the lower 30s by Monday afternoon while any lingering snow showers should clear the area by then, if not sooner.  Patchy (freezing) drizzle may develop late afternoon and early evening in advance of an approaching cold front.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on November 24, 2013

Sportsman’s Forecast

The first firearm hunting season in Illinois wraps up on Sunday, while Wisconsin’s will continue through the end of the month.  Sunday’s forecast calls for a good deal of sunshine throughout the Prairie and Badger states.  A few random flurries are possible in far northern Wisconsin, otherwise dry weather is expected in both states.

Wisconsin regional forecast

Wisconsin regional forecast

The big story is the cold.  Northern Wisconsin will wake up to below zero temperatures while southern Illinois will start off in the middle teens.

Illinois regional forecast

Illinois regional forecast

Locally, we will rise into the middle 20s after a frigid start in the single digits. Wind will play a factor as it shifts from northwest to southwest between 5 and 15 miles per hour. Wind chills will be around zero in the morning and in the lower teens during the afternoon.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on November 23, 2013

Festival & Fair-Cast

faircastGreat rides, great food, and great music are just a few of the reasons many of us will visit the Stephenson County Fair and ByronFest tonight. Another reason, of course, is the great weather! Temperatures will fall into the 70s thoughout the evening in Freeport and Byron. We’ll have a mainly clear sky, low humidity and light southeasterly breezes.  It doesn’t get much better than that…..enjoy! -Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on July 13, 2013

Flood Warnings Along Area Rivers

Flood Warnings are in effect for nearly all of the local river gauge sites in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Thanks to heavy rainfall and flash flooding over the past 48 to 72 hours, moderate flooding is forecast for the larger river basins through this weekend. River crests are expected Friday into Saturday.  The Rock River near Rockton, Roscoe, Machesney Park, and Byron is expected to see moderate flooding.  The Pecatonica River near Freeport will see moderate flooding as well.  Minor flooding is expected along the Kishwaukee River near Belvidere and in southern Winnebago County.  The Sugar River near Brodhead, the Pecatonica River near Shirland & Winslow, and the Rock River near Dixon will all experience minor flooding as well.

As of Wednesday night, Turtle Creek near Beloit was in major flood stage. That creek was over 13 feet, a new record crest.

Sandbags are available in three locations throughout Winnebago County:

  • Harlem-Roscoe Fire Station #1 at 10544 Main Street in Roscoe
  • Michalsen Office Furniture at 8010 North 2nd Street (IL-251) in Machesney Park
  • New Milford Fire Station at 2177 Will James Road in New Milford

For the latest river gauge levels, click HERE.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on June 26, 2013