Severe Thunderstorms Possible Wednesday/Thursday

After a remarkably quiet start to the severe storm season so far, things now appear to be quickly turning more active over the next 48 hours.

Much of the daylight hours today will remain dry, with storm chances increasing as we go into the evening and overnight hours. Highs will return to the 80s with gusty southwest winds.

Threats Today/Tonight: Large hail up to 1.5″ in diameter and winds over 60 MPH. Heavy rainfall is also possible but, our dry ground should be able to handle it without much if any issues unless repeated storm activity occurs. A slight risk of severe storms is forecast today (level 2/5). Timing: After 4pm through around 2am Thursday.

Thursday: After a morning round of storms, more scattered strong thunderstorms will be possible during the late afternoon and into the evening hours. All hazards of severe weather will be possible on Thursday. A slight risk of severe storms is forecast (level 2/5). Timing: 3pm-midnight Friday.

Make sure and pay attention to later forecasts and have a way to receive watches and warnings should one be issued for your location.

More updates throughout the day as warranted.


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.