Very Active Start to the Weekend

A very dynamic spring storm system is expected to bring all kinds of weather to the region beginning this afternoon and lasting through much of the weekend.

A strong warm front lies to the south of us this morning and it will be on the move to the north this afternoon. Depending on how far north it advances, some of us could potentially see our first 70-degree temperatures of the year today.

That front will serve as the focus for numerous rounds of showers and storms by this evening. Some of those storms could briefly become strong with hail and heavy rain into the overnight hours. The more substantial severe weather risk will remain to the west of the area.


Showers and storms continue on and off Saturday before enough cold air works in for Sunday to switch some of the rain to snow. Not looking at much for accumulation there.

We’ll remain sharply colder into the beginning of next week, so I hope you enjoyed the warmth Thursday!   

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.