ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rain is wrapping up for today, but several more rounds of showers and storms are expected through Sunday night. Heavy rainfall and flood threats are possible within the rainy pattern this weekend.
For the remainder of Thursday, the weather looks to stay dry. A stray shower or storm may pop up late overnight, but the chances of that look slight. In the mean time, temperatures will stay in the middle 60’s, with a mostly cloudy sky.
Scattered showers and storms creep back in Friday. The rain will be hit-or-miss around the Stateline, so Friday will not be a washout. Be ready for on-and-off rain and storms, however. The spotty rainfall should dry up again by Friday evening. Unlike today, Friday should be a little quieter, so stronger storms and heavy rainfall aren’t likely. Flash flood risks look to remain out of the forecast. Move indoors quickly if you hear thunder, however.
We will look to get a break in the rain from Friday night to Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon may be like Friday, with spotty showers and storms. The main round of rain for the week then moves in late Saturday night.
Much of the Midwest is picking up a lot of moisture from the leftovers of Tropical Storm Imelda as the remnants move through the region. While the storm itself doesn’t hit us, all of the extra humid air dragged into the Midwest with it will boost our rain totals. As a result, a round of heavy rainfall slides into Illinois late Saturday night through early Sunday morning. We could see another 1-2″ or more for rainfall by Sunday morning. Since the ground is soaked from last week’s and this week’s excessive rainfall, flash flooding could be a concern Sunday morning. In addition, the heavy rain could push area rivers higher, and keep minor flooding going.
Stay alert and keep tabs on the forecast going into the weekend. The 13 Weather Authority will keep you up to speed on where the heavy rainfall is setting up and any threats that come from it. The weather looks to be a lot drier and cooler next week.