ROCKFORD (WREX) – Rain showers stick around this evening and will pop up frequently through the weekend, but with the rainy pattern comes warmer weather. We should be back to average by the weekend.
For the rest of today, we’ll see steady light rain showers, similar to earlier this morning. Not much has fallen with the drizzly conditions. Most locations north of I-88 will see nearly the same with the steady evening light rain. South of I-88, a few brief, heavier showers or thunderstorms are possible. These won’t be severe, and thankfully won’t be strong enough to produce flash flooding or even minor flooding. The rain winds down and dries up after midnight.
Thursday will be mostly dry and partly cloudy. Temperatures start a warming trend and get back into the middle 70’s. There is a slight chance for isolated showers in the afternoon. For the most part, we’ll see dry weather throughout the Stateline.
A better chance for showers plus a few strong thunderstorms comes Friday afternoon and evening. For now, the risk remains very low (a “1” out of “5” on our severe weather scale). Nonetheless, keep a close eye on the weather starting Friday afternoon. Scattered showers and storms are possible, with a very low risk for strong to severe storms. Temperatures continue their warming trend and get back to the upper 70’s.
Over the weekend, scattered showers and storms keep going both days. The weekend won’t be a washout and there will be plenty of dry time. Overall, the weather pattern looks active but uncertain. Timing and placement of storms this weekend is still murky, so stay tuned for updates. Plan on some rain and storms, but it’s still a little early to say where and when.
In addition to the weekend rain chances, heat and humidity are coming back! We’ll see highs in the low 80’s both days, which is right around average for this time of year. The dew points will be higher, so the weather will feel pretty muggy over the weekend. Start drinking extra water, and get ready for the mugginess!
Next week, we’ll dip back to the 70’s briefly, with slight chances for rain.