ROCKFORD (WREX) – We had a pleasant afternoon with plenty of nice weather that was far from ideal this morning. Good news! Overnight, will continue to be quiet and partly cloudy. We will drop down into the mid 50’s, but we must enjoy the hours of dry weather while we can because the rain comes back Monday morning.
Memorial Day could see showers return during the morning into the late afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has us under a slight category when it comes to severe weather. This means that we could have the potential for large hail, high winds, lightning, flooding, heavy rainfall, and isolated tornado risk. We will keep further eyes on Monday for this purpose. Tuesday night may also provide another shot at severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Flash flooding may be a threat Tuesday night as well.
After Sunday morning storms, we have collected about 0.04” of rainfall. Now, if we add that to the rainfall that we have seen since Friday, so far Rockford has collected 1.78” of rainfall in the last 3 days. This is why the National Weather Service has a Flood Warning along the Pentatonic River near Shirland and the Rock River at Latham Park. These warnings are in effect until Thursday at 1 AM. Forecast models show rivers will rise into minor flood stage into the early work week at the Pentatonic River. As more rain showers move in, other areas along the Rock River are forecast to rise as well. Gladly, most will only stay in the action stage.
Those hoping for dry weather may get some good news late next week. After Tuesday night’s storms, the chance for showers drops a bit for Wednesday. This is a good sign that the weather may stay dry starting Thursday afternoon into Saturday, giving us much-need relief from the rain.