Much Cooler & Comfortable Weekend Ahead

Our active pattern featuring daily chances for showers and thunderstorms has been shifted to the south away from the area for now leaving us with a beautiful Friday. Partly sunny conditions can be expected today with highs in the upper 70s. A refreshing northerly breeze will add to the comfort levels with low humidity in place. We do have one small chance for thunderstorms this weekend and that chance arrives late Saturday night into the early morning hours of Sunday. Right now it looks like areas to the north stand the best chance at seeing any storm activity, but we can't rule out a widely scattered one in our neck of the woods.

Taking a look at the Doppler radar estimated rainfall for the region over the last 4 days you can see our area was sandwiched in-between the heavier rounds of thunderstorms where an impressive 6-9 inches feel just north of Chicago causing substantial flooding issues.

The heavier rains to our north will lead to a slightly higher Rock river this upcoming weekend however no significant flooding is expected as you can see from the river level forecast plot. Boating activities should be good for the most part this weekend.

After the comfortable weekend ahead we'll be watching the potential setup for another visit with the "ring of fire" pattern by the middle of next week as the heat begins to rebuild in the plains and tries to advance eastward. This will bring renewed chances for clusters of thunderstorms by Tuesday through Thursday along with temperatures back in the 90s and plenty of humidity.