Heavy Rain & Severe Weather Possible Over the next 48 Hours

Our Friday will start out initially quiet and cloudy before we see some big changes to the pattern by later this evening. A stalled out frontal boundary will lay itself right over the area and increasing moisture will fuel several rounds of showers and thunderstorms as we head into the overnight hours. Our area is currently under the highest potential rainfall accumulation currently being forecast by the models. Many areas will likely pick up over 2 inches of rain by the time Sunday morning rolls around.

The timing of the rain and storms looks like this: A good chance of widespread activity after 8 pm this evening lasting into much of Saturday morning. In the early afternoon hours of Saturday, we’ll get a break before the potential for a few scattered strong to severe storms will arrive after 3 pm lasting into the evening hours.

The Storm Prediction Center currently has our area in a marginal risk for severe storms with large hail the primary threat Friday night and damaging winds the primary threat on Saturday.

Once the front moves out of the area we’re back to the 50s for highs on Sunday with gusty winds making for a rather raw day. There are signs of improvement by the middle of next week with temperatures heading back above average.

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.