ROCKFORD (WREX) – After our warm afternoon, a cold front is approaching from the northwest, and fires up a new round of showers and thunderstorms. These showers kick off later into the evening and last overnight. We have a marginal risk for severe weather during this time. Damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall will be the threats. Since we are so waterlogged with recent rain, any additional heavy rain may quickly cause flash flooding.
Furthermore, the National Weather Service has a Flood Warning along the Pentatonic River near Shirland until further notice. This is because forecast models show the river will be rising into minor flood stage during the weekend. As more rain showers move in, areas along the Rock River are forecast to rise as well. Gladly, most will only stay in the action stage.
After a chance for storms along the cold front tonight, the weather looks to stay dry for much of Sunday. High pressure fills in, providing slightly cooler and definitely drier air. We get rid of some of the mugginess and see showers and storms stay to our south. We may stay dry from Sunday morning to Monday morning, providing hopefully 24 hours or more of dry weather.
Memorial Day could see showers return during the morning to early afternoon. The weather won’t be as active, so storms are unlikely. Both Sunday and Monday stay in the middle to low 70’s. If you like today’s heat, we could see this kind of warmth again on Tuesday. Tuesday night may also provide another shot at severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Flash flooding may be a threat Tuesday night as well.
Those hoping for dry weather may get some good news late next week. After Tuesday night’s storms, the weather may stay dry from Wednesday to Friday, giving us much-need relief from the rain.