April Celestial Event Outlook

Here we are, finally April and the skies continue to change bringing us closer to our summer viewing pleasures in the night sky. The weather will remain rather brisk with temperatures favoring below average to average temperatures for the month, along with a few active patterns showing up. April will be a quieter month than […]

Warmer with More Clouds Monday

We hope you had an enjoyable Easter! Yesterday’s high in the low 30s created the third coldest Easter on record, AND, tied the coldest high temperature for April 1st. Impressive! The statistics for March are in and the month was colder and snowier overall. No surprise there! Still no signs of major warmth in the […]

Spring Goes On Spring Break

Stubborn areas of thick clouds continue to make the sunshine all but disappear during the day and that will likely be the case again today. Temperatures will return back to around the 50-degree mark by this afternoon. A cold front that will effectively send our temperatures well-below normal for the Easter holiday will be crashing […]

ONE Day of Warmth…Cooler Temperatures Follow

Our weather pattern is about to make a change for the cooler…in terms of temperatures. Today will really be our only day of significant warmth as temperatures rise to near 60 this afternoon. Winds will be light as well making for a very comfortable day. Looking longer range, a large trough looks to establish itself […]

Clouds Settling In

It may be spring, but it sure hasn’t felt like spring lately. Clouds will be settling in for the majority of the day today, along with some areas of fog across the Sauk Valley region. A few breaks in the clouds later this afternoon may be seen, but overall, expect cloudy conditions. Temperatures today will […]

Latest Regarding Winter Storm

So far everything continues to point towards an early spring winter storm. What first started this morning on the southern California coast quickly moved northeast through the Rocky Mountains and as of 5PM tonight it continues to track east southeast through the central plains. This is a big reason as to why this system has […]

UPDATED: Winter Storm WARNING Through Saturday

UPDATED: 5:45PM SAT 3/24/18 All warnings have been allowed to expire as snow continues to move out of the region.   UPDATED: 7:15AM FRI 3/23/18 A Winter Storm WARNING has been issued for Lee and Whiteside Counties beginning Friday evening through much of Saturday. A very complex and powerful early-spring winter storm will impact the […]

Winter Storm Watch: Friday Night – Saturday

Winter Storm Watch (Posted 3/22/18 @ 7:25AM) A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from March 23rd 7:00PM until March 24th 3:00PM for Whiteside County. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from March 23rd 10:00PM until March 24th 4:00PM for Lee County. —Discussion— Model trends continue to show a possible late season snow event […]

Space in March

I wanted to write briefly on the subject of astronomical events for the remainder of March as we do have some rare events happening before the month is over. For those of us who do enjoy constellations, planets, and our galaxy this will pertain to you and this will not be weather related. Over the […]

UPDATED: Winter Weather Advisory for Friday Night/Saturday Morning

UPDATED: The advisory has been allowed to expire as of 11am Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Lee and Whiteside County beginning late Friday night through early Saturday morning. Light rain will overspread the area after 6pm this evening eventually mixing with freezing rain and sleet between 9pm Friday […]

Freezing Rain Possible Friday Night

Last evening’s forecast calling for a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet is still very much on-track this morning. While most of the day will be dry and colder, rain will begin after 6pm this evening mixing with freezing rain and sleet after 9pm. Some minor ice accumulations are possible, especially on elevated surfaces […]

Cooler Temperatures to Start the Week

Temperatures will be falling after a nice weekend that featured plenty of sunshine and highs well into the 40s. Look for upper 30s to near 40 both today and tomorrow along with breezy conditions are more clouds.   If you are wondering when we typically see our first 60, 70 and 80 degree day for […]

Quiet Pattern Builds…Warmth Eventually Follows

High pressure will continue to build into the region over the weekend providing a much quieter weather pattern that looks to hold well into next week. A minor storm system will pass to our southwest on Sunday which will allow for more cloud cover with sunshine returning Monday. We’ll notice a small moderating trend in […]

Rain/Snow Mix Monday

Rain mixed with sleet and snow at times is overspreading western portions of the area this morning. Drier air to the east will try and eat away at this however, expect a mix of rain and snow to move back into the area this afternoon. Many pavement temperatures are above freezing this morning which will […]

From Spring to Winter

We enjoyed a beautiful spring-like day Tuesday with high temperatures soaring into the lower 60s! It’s been a while since we have seen warmth of that magnitude. You have to go back to early December!   Mother Nature will be quick to remind us though that we are still in the winter season as a […]

BREAKING: Ice Jam Between Prophetstown and Erie Breaks

BREAKING: The ice jam located between Prophetstown and Erie has broken as of 2pm Sunday afternoon. Flooding will continue as recent rains from Saturday night work into the river. It will remain over flood stage through much of this week. We’re also watching the potential for another heavy rainfall producing storm in the Wednesday/Thursday timeframe. […]

February 2018: Wettest February on Record

February continues to be a month that is anything but “average”. From a snowfall drought to a snowfall surplus, and then some! Now the liquid content of that snowfall combined with recent heavy rains has set new records across portions of Northern Illinois. Rockford has now officially logged it’s wettest February on record, eclipsing the […]