ROCKFORD (WREX) – An active weather pattern develops Thursday through the middle of next week, giving us plenty of chances for showers and storms. We will also see a few chances for strong to severe storms.
The rest of this Wednesday will be quiet and under partly cloudy weather. Lows tonight fall into the middle 50’s.
The active weather could start as early as Thursday morning. A complex of thunderstorms will move through Wisconsin tonight, and could slide into the Stateline in the morning as they are decaying. While we won’t see any severe weather, gusty winds are possible if the storms make it this far before dying.
After a lull in the afternoon, storms erupt near a cold front Thursday evening. This round of storms will be our best shot at severe weather thanks to plenty of energy building up in the atmosphere. Threats include large hail (up to golf balls in size), damaging wind gusts, and isolated flash flooding. The storms may initially be severe, then transition to a heavy rain threat Thursday night. The storms will keep going into the late overnight hours.
By Friday morning, a few showers and storms may linger. We see another chance for scattered showers in the afternoon, as the front that brings in Thursday’s rain will stall out.
Temperatures ahead of that front will be close to 80 on Thursday, then fall into the 60’s on Friday as cooler weather invades. We’ll be back to around average and in the low 70’s this weekend.
Scattered showers and storms develop again Saturday and Sunday. For both days, strong to severe storms aren’t likely, but heavy rainfall could be a threat from time to time. We’ll catch a break on Monday from the rain, then Tuesday into Wednesday provides move chances for storms. Severe weather may be possible again between Tuesday and Wednesday as well.