Sunday snow chances

SAY IT ISN’T…SNOW A fairly nice Saturday lies ahead of us with a mostly sunny sky and lighter winds. Highs will easily reach the middle 50s this afternoon. By tonight and especially into Sunday morning a new storm system will move to the south of us breaking out light rain after midnight. This rain will […]

Risk for severe storms Monday

RISK FOR SEVERE STORMS THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING As discussed in our morning update, we do run the risk for a few strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. We are seeing some non-severe thunderstorms this morning with small hail and gusty winds. This is out ahead of a potent area of low pressure currently strengthening […]

Rain arrives Friday evening

More rain? You guessed it! A stationary boundary remains across the region and as an area of low pressure moves along it later today, a good cluster of showers and storms will soak us by this evening. No severe weather is expected, but a round of moderate to heavy rain is likely with amounts of […]

MRCC: Winter 2018-2019 Classified as “Severe”

A new tool from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center is giving us more insight when it comes to comparing different winter seasons and their severity. The AWSSI (Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index) looks at variables like temperatures, snowfall, and snow depth along with precipitation and then assigns points to each of these values which become […]

Dry and chilly weekend

Gusty winds and a few snow showers/flurries will kick off our Friday, not to mention it will be colder, too! Clouds will be decreasing by this afternoon leaving a few peaks of sunshine before sunset this evening. Highs will only reach the lower 40s.   A much drier pattern will be moving in for the […]

Wind Advisory issued for Thursday

Warm temperatures continue through the morning increasing to around 60 degrees. Rain chances are likely along with increasing winds throughout the day. Temperatures as well will begin to drop this afternoon as a cold front moves through today. Expect temperatures below 50 degrees by this evening as well as breezy conditions continuing. -Tim –Alerts– A […]

Flood Watch in effect until Thursday afternoon

Heavy rainfall this morning has led to areas of flooding, especially along several area creeks and streams.  The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch until Thursday afternoon for Lee and Whiteside Counties. Doppler Radar estimates nearly an inch has fallen in parts of extreme Northeast Whiteside County and much of Lee County. Additional […]

Looking Back: Significant ice jam flooding in 1938

It was the year 1938 when the combination of heavy rains and ice jams caused significant flooding long the Rock River throughout much of Whiteside County in January and February.

These images show the massive chunks of ice in Lawrence Park. Several old newspaper headlines also reported that six factories were forced to close in February when floodwaters inundated the plants. Both sections of the Avenue G bridge were closed as the ice piled against the abutments and the water rose to within a few inches of the bottom of the bridge, according to genealogytrails.com

A big thank you to David Geil for the photos.

Wind Advisory issued through Sunday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for both Lee and Whiteside Counties until 7am Sunday morning. A strengthening area of low pressure will create windy conditions tonight with sustained winds of 25 to 30 MPH. Gusts of 45 to 50 MPH are likely at times through Sunday morning. Impacts to high profile […]

Why the proper shelter matters during a tornado

TAKE A LOOK: We’ve all seen the devastating images coming in from the deadly tornado outbreak that struck parts of Alabama and Georgia this past weekend. 23 people lost their lives and 97 people were injured. This event is a good reminder as to why manufactured/mobile homes and vehicles are not adequate shelter during a […]

Light snow likely Thursday

We’ll finally begin to make some upward progress with our temperatures today as highs aim for 30. Breezy conditions will persist making it feel more like the 20s, though. Light snow remains likely for Thursday morning. Accumulations look to remain extremely light, with little to nothing expected in our area. Accumulations will be held to […]

Wind Chill Advisory issued for Monday morning

An area of high pressure combined with clear skies and gusty winds will create low wind chill values heading into the early morning hours of Monday. A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Lee and Whiteside County until 9am. Low temperatures will drop to between -8° and -10° Monday morning with wind chill values […]

Risk of heavy precipitation returns March 7-10

We’ll enjoy a rather quiet stretch of weather for the next several days as systems pass to our south, but there are growing signals that this quiet pattern will come to an abrupt end later next week. The Climate Prediction Center, which issues longer range probability forecasts, has much of our area in a higher […]

NWS: Well above normal flood risk this spring

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued the first spring flood outlook and is calling for above to well above average risk for flooding in the coming months. In the last several weeks we have already experienced flooding due in part to ice jams and heavy rainfall. That threat looks to continue […]

More clouds to end the week, scattered flurries.

WEDNESDAY 2/27/19 Freezing drizzle will wrap up quickly by 9am this morning leaving us with mostly cloudy skies and breezy conditions for the remainder of the afternoon. The late-week snow system continues to look much weaker compared to just a few days ago. Nothing more than scattered flurries is now expected for Thursday and Friday. […]

Winter Weather Advisory through Wednesday morning

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Whiteside County until 7am Wednesday morning. Pockets of freezing drizzle and light snow will move through the area overnight. A light glaze of ice is likely creating slick road conditions, especially on untreated surfaces. A dusting of snow accumulation of snow is likely. Road conditions are expected […]

EXCLUSIVE: Drone footage of flooding in Prophetstown/Lyndon

Our drone captured IDOT crews as they literally plowed the chunks of ice in the water away from IL 78 near Prophetstown. A significant ice jam still exists upstream from the Lyndon bridge. Water is also backing up significantly into Rivers Edge Resort in Lyndon where several trailers are completely surrounded by floodwaters.

High Wind WARNING issued for Sunday

A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for Lee County from 3am until 6pm Sunday.   A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for Whiteside County from 3am until 9pm Sunday.   Sustained winds of at least 30 MPH will begin just after midnight tonight lasting through much of Sunday. Wind gusts up to 55 […]