ROCKFORD (WREX) – Keep the umbrella handy and watch the rivers– we have a soggy stretch coming for the next couple of days.
Rain showers start up by 8 pm this evening, and will lightly fall throughout the evening. We may get some more moderate showers closer to midnight. The rain keeps falling until around sunrise Wednesday, then rain showers will be much more intermittent. No worries about freezing or ice tonight- temperatures stay near 40.
The rain will be much more on-and-off through Wednesday, so look for drizzly to dry conditions for long stretches. Southwest winds will keep picking up and gusting to 25 mph throughout the day. Rain showers and possibly thunderstorms return Wednesday evening and night. Warmer weather is coming tomorrow- we’ll be back in the 50’s.
Wednesday night into Thursday is our best chance for thunderstorms. By Thursday morning, a few of these storms may be strong to severe east of Rockford and I-39. Our main threats would be strong to damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall. The weather should dry up for a while Thursday before a light rain/snow mix falls briefly Thursday night.
In total, up to 1″ of rain may fall. Much of that water will run off into our area rivers. This is due to very high soil moisture, so the soil cannot take in any more water. Also, melting snow could add another 1″ of water moving into the rivers. Minor to moderate river flooding is likely by this weekend. It may take until then for all of the water to move into the rivers. The river flooding may continue through next week.
Temperatures soar into the 60’s for highs on Thursday. Winds will be strong, however, by that point. We’ll see southwest winds up to 30 mph, and gusts up to 45 mph.
The weather calms down and cools off a lot by the weekend. We’ll see highs back in the 40’s by that point.