Active Weekend Featuring Warmth & Thunderstorms

We’ll continue to slowly climb our temperatures back to normal today and into the upcoming weekend. Mostly sunny skies this morning will give way to gradually increasing clouds this afternoon. We will remain dry though as highs reach for 50.

Tonight moisture will begin to increase ahead of our next storm system due in the second half of this weekend. A few showers are possible, mainly towards midnight.

Saturday a few showers remain a possibility with mostly cloudy skies expected. Highs will continue to climb into the lower 50s.

Sunday is where things get interesting. An area of low pressure is expected to track up into parts of Michigan pushing in some very warm air with highs in the 60s looking likely for Sunday. The question as to  whether certain dynamics can come together ahead of a cold front arriving in the afternoon remains a driving factor in determining if any strong storms will develop in the area.

The Storm Prediction Center placed an enhanced risk to our southeast, which is where most of the ingredients will be coming together for some severe storms. An isolated strong storm is possible here, however, I’m not expecting anything widespread. Large hail and gusty winds look to be the biggest threats with the timing being the afternoon into the early evening hours. Storms will be fast moving.


Andrew Stutzke was born and raised in beautiful Sterling, Illinois. As a young child, he was continually fascinated by the weather, especially thunderstorms. Often times he could be found glued to the television watching The Weather Channel. Upon entering high school it was clear what his area of study would be once he started college. After graduating from Sterling High School in 2004, he attended Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois where he received his Associate of Science degree in 2010. In 2016 he received his B.S. in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University.

Andrew is currently the Friday and Saturday evening meteorologist at WIFR-TV in Rockford, IL.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys listening to the latest Alt-Rock and Indie music, storm spotting, walking the many paths around the area, and spending time with family.