High Fire Danger Monday, Much-needed Rains Arrive Mid-week

A Red Flag WARNING has been issued for this afternoon and evening as the combination of strong winds and a very dry air mass will lead to high fire danger. Avoid outdoor burning as fires could quickly grow out of control.

Temperatures will heat up quickly in this type of environment with many of us reaching 80-degrees or better this afternoon under a mix of clouds and sun.

Rain chances won’t begin to grow until Tuesday night and especially into Wednesday. We are heading into early May with a growing moisture deficit that has surpassed two inches. We’ll have the chance to make that up as a stalled out frontal boundary brings chances for showers and storms Wednesday through Thursday.

Right now its too early to pinpoint any severe threats but, it is something we’ll be watching over the next 48 hours.

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.