Severe Thunderstorm WATCH until 11pm Tuesday evening

A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH has been issued for Lee and Whiteside Counties until 11pm this evening. A few scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are likely along an approaching cold front early this evening. Threats: Tornadoes: Low Hail: Moderate Damaging Winds: Moderate Flash Flooding: Low Should a warning be issued for your location, seek shelter immediately […]

NWS Confirms EF-1 Tornado Saturday

The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in southern Whiteside County Saturday evening as a severe storm raced across the area. The tornado touched down around 8:20pm and lifted around 8:22pm 5 miles to the southwest of Tampico. Damage was reported to outbuildings to the southwest of Tampico. Several trees […]

UPDATED: Significant Risk of Severe Storms Saturday

Updated 9:05am Saturday, March 28, 2020 Impressive rains fell across much of the Sauk Valley Region last night with many locations picking up more than an inch and even a few reports of as much as two and a half inches of rainfall. This morning we continue to monitor the short-term trends that will drive […]

Steady rains for Wednesday

Rain will become likely shortly after 8am this morning and continue through mid-afternoon. Total rainfall amounts of one quarter to one-half inch are likely. We’ll see a break in the rain overnight with cloudy conditions before the next round of rain and a few thunderstorms arrive by sunrise Thursday.

CONTEST ALERT: 2020 First 80° Day Contest

It’s back!!!!!!! 2020 “FIRST 80 DEGREE DAY” CONTEST RULES AND ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest Date: March 5 through May 1, 2020 (or the week before the fist 80° temperature prediction*). Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Johnson Oil Shell Express Lane Gas and Food Marts Eligibility: Must be at least 16 years old. Limit […]

Winter Storm Watch in effect from Monday through Wednesday morning

A Winter Storm WATCH has been issued for Whiteside County from 6pm Monday until Wednesday morning. A strong late-winter storm is looking more likely, especially Tuesday into Wednesday with long-duration snow possible. Total accumulations of six or more inches are possible with locally higher amounts. The exact track of this system is still likely to […]

Winter Weather Advisory in effect through Saturday Evening

A Winter Weather Advisory for both Lee and Whiteside Counties is in effect until 6pm Saturday. This morning and early afternoon will remain quiet with cloudy skies. By 2/3pm this afternoon, light to moderate snow will overspread the region and continue until around midnight. At that point we’ll see a transition to sleet, freezing rain, […]

Winter Storm Watch in effect through Saturday evening

A Winter Storm WATCH remains in place for Whiteside County from noon Friday until 6pm Saturday evening. Today will remain quiet, but much colder with highs only in the lower 20s under a mostly sunny sky. By Friday afternoon and evening, areas of snow will begin to develop transitioning to a mix of snow, sleet, […]

Winter Storm WARNING in effect until Sunday morning

A powerful winter storm system will impact the Sauk Valley this weekend bringing a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. A Winter Storm WARNING has been issued for both Lee and Whiteside Counties until 12am Sunday morning. Rain will become likely after 6pm this evening with heavy downpours likely at times. As colder […]

Winter Storm Watch in effect through Sunday Morning

A Winter Storm WATCH has been issued for Lee and Whiteside Counties in effect until 6am Sunday morning. Latest guidance early this afternoon continues to show increasing potential for heavy snowfall this weekend, preceded by rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow Friday night. A strong area of low pressure will pass to our south and […]

Winter Storm Possible This Weekend

Prospects for a winter storm impacting our region this weekend are on the rise and we will likely see some type of winter weather advisory or watch posted by later this evening. First for today, expect mostly cloudy and breezy conditions. A few scattered showers will develop this afternoon as highs reach the lower 50s. […]

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Monday

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 9pm tonight through noon Monday for Whiteside and Lee. Snow will move into the area late this evening bringing continuous snowfall through the overnight hours into the morning of our Veteran’s Day Monday. Several inches will fall causing slick roads for the morning commute as winds […]

Winter Weather Advisory issued through Thursday afternoon

A Winter Weather ADVISORY has been issued for Whiteside County until 4pm Thursday. Areas of light to moderate snow will move in after 4pm this evening lasting through much of Thursday morning. Total snowfall accumulations of 2-4 inches are likely, with locally higher amounts possible. Impacts to travel will include scattered slick spots on roads […]

Rain arrives Thursday, possible freeze by the weekend

Cloudy skies this morning will continue into the afternoon with a cool rain eventually moving in by the early evening hours. A few rumbles of thunder will be possible, too. No severe weather is expected. Total rainfall amounts may approach one inch by Friday morning. Temperatures take a nosedive for the upcoming weekend. A Freeze […]

A few severe storms Thursday

A more stormy day is on tap for us as a cold front works in from the west later this afternoon. This will use the available heat, humidity, and instability to create a line of thunderstorms that will quickly pass through after dark tonight. A few isolated to scattered storms will be possible after 4pm […]

A few storm chances this weekend

Clear and comfortable conditions will end the work-week with a nice breeze from the northwest keeping comfort levels in check. Highs return to the middle 80s with low levels of humidity. The forecast becomes more active into the weekend as an area of high pressure that has kept is relatively quiet moves to the east. […]

USDA issues agricultural disaster for all Illinois counties

From too much rain to not enough currently, area farmers continue to deal with a very volatile pattern across much of the Midwest. The United States Department of Agriculture has now officially declared all 102 Illinois Counties Agriculture Disaster Areas. What does this mean? This declaration provides federal resources including low-interest emergency loans from the Farm […]

Pleasant end to the week

Pleasant conditions return today with a mostly sunny sky. A weak disturbance will pass to the south of us keeping the better chances for any isolated showers/storms there. We picked up some decent rains Monday morning, but could still use a little bit more. It appears early next week will again offer up that opportunity […]