Winter Storm WATCH Thursday Night through Friday

A Winter Storm WATCH has been issued for Lee County beginning 6pm Thursday through 6pm Friday evening.

Light snow overnight will leave some slippery road conditions this morning, so leave plenty of time to reach your destination.

Another light snow event is possible overnight into Thursday morning. As of now accumulations under half an inch can be expected.

Strong signals continue to point to a possible long-duration snow event beginning Thursday evening and lasting through much of the day Friday. Plenty of moisture and moderate to strong forcing form this storm system could produce new snowfall totals of 5 to 8 inches with isolated higher amounts in spots. This will significantly impact travel throughout the day Friday. Below is a simulation showing a widespread area of snow over much of northern Illinois midday Friday.

There is still plenty of time for the heaviest axis of snowfall to shift either to the north or the south, so stay tuned to later forecasts. More advisories are likely to be issued by this afternoon.

Another storm system could also bring additional snowfall accumulations on Saturday, though at this time those appear to be the on the lighter side.

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.