Wednesday's active storms remained just to the north of the local area here producing two confirmed EF1 tornadoes outside of Cherry Valley and Belvidere causing extensive damage. Overall over 32 preliminary reports of tornadoes were sent in along with several reports of damaging winds.
We will run the chance of a few scattered showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon, however the risk for severe weather will remain quite low. Highs will return to the lower 80s.
If you are heading out to the fireworks Saturday evening expect clearing skies and comfortable temperatures in the lower 70s with a light northwesterly breeze.
This upcoming weekend will be mostly dry, especially Saturday. By late Sunday evening and into the overnight hours chances for showers and storms will be on the increase and these chances will last through much of next week as our area will remain on the edge of another expanding dome of heat in the plains states. This type of pattern is conductive for heavy rains and some bouts of severe weather. The timing on these threats will become clarified as we head later into the weekend. These rain chances next week will NOT be all day events. Many dry hours are still expected for the 4th of July holiday.