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Spring to make its return

Storms not expected to be severe locally

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 2:11 p.m. CDT

Think it’s been a rainy spring?

You’re right – and here’s your proof: Year to date, between 15 and 20 inches of precipitation have fallen in northern Illinois. Normally, between 5 and 10 inches of precipitation would fall.

It might feel downright summery today, but it quickly will feel more like spring by Thursday as temperatures drop and rain falls.

More rain is in the forecast for this week. A large and slow-moving storm will drift from west to east across the Midwest, dumping several inches of rain and exacerbating flooding concerns in some places, including those along the Illinois River.

The storm is not expected to bring severe weather or nearly as much rain to the Sauk Valley, though.

The hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service in both the Quad Cities and Chicago, which covers the Sauk Valley, predicts scattered thunderstorms but no severe storms.

Charles Mott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service near Chicago, said only a half inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain is expected in the Lee-Ogle County area. He said as much as an inch could fall in some spots.

But Brian Pierce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities, said as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall in the area.

“Somebody is going to get a lot of rain,” he said. “The question is where the atmosphere decides to wring it out.”

The Rock River has receded below flood stage in Dixon and near Sterling, and it is expected to stay below flood stage.

The forecast for today calls for mostly sunny skies with a high in the low 80s during the day and a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low near 50 at night.

Showers are likely Thursday, mostly in the afternoon and evening, with a high in the upper 50s and a low in the mid- to low 40s.

Showers are likely again Friday with a high in the mid-50s and a low in the low 40s.

The forecast for the weekend calls for a chance of showers, mostly cloudy skies, and temperatures near 60 for the high and around 45 for the low.

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