Rockford on the edge of severe weather again Thursday

Staff Report 

In what’s becoming a somewhat familiar – albeit coming perhaps a bit late for this part of the county – story of the summer, the Rockford area could be in for a round of severe weather Thursday.

High winds, frequent lightning, flash flooding and isolated hail, plus the possibility for tornadoes, are all on the plate. Here’s the basics from the National Weather Service:

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It’s going to be hot and there is a good chance for some raucous storms. The long and short, again from NWS:

STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE THURSDAY.  CURRENT THINKING IS WE COULD SEE TWO ROUNDS OF STORMS. THE FIRST ROUND IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT AREAS SOUTH & WEST OF A ROCKFORD ILLINOIS TO FOWLER INDIANA LINE IN THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON. A SECOND ROUND OF STORMS MAY ALSO IMPACT THE REGION THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

It’s summer. It’s the Midwest. There will be storms.

Pack an umbrella and be careful out there Thursday. As always, you can keep up with local conditions with our AccuWeather forecast.

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